And his call is being heeded. “Al-Qaida’s No. 2 called for ‘violent jihad’ in Syria in video released after his death,” from the Associated Press, June 12:
CAIRO “” Before he was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week, al-Qaida’s second-in-command urged Arabs to take up arms to assist Syrian rebels in their uprising against President Bashar Assad.
The call came in a nearly 15-minute-long video message by Abu Yahya al-Libi. It was released Tuesday, but a jihadist website said it was produced in November. Al-Libi was killed last week in North Waziristan, Pakistan….
Al-Qaida has tried to capitalize on the Arab Spring uprisings that swept the region. The Syrian revolt, which activists say has claimed more than 13,000 lives, is a popular topic on jihadist online forums.
Gee, I wonder why.