Al Qaeda Leader Urges Holy War Over Prophet Film
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The leader of Al Qaeda is encouraging Muslims to wage holy war against the United States and Israel in response to a film that insulted Islam's Prophet Muhammad.

Ayman al-Zawahri, in an audio message released by Al Qaeda's media arm As-Sahab early Saturday, claimed Washington allowed the film's production under the pretext of freedom of expression, but added that "this freedom did not prevent them from torturing Muslim prisoners."

The crudely-produced amateur film, "Innocence of Muslims," which was posted to YouTube and other online forums, was made by an Egyptian-born American citizen. The video sparked violence in the Middle East, including in Egypt and Libya, where Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three others were killed on Sept. 11 during an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi. Dozens more have also been killed in violence related to the film.

In Saturday's audio recording, Al-Zawahri praised "honest and zealous" demonstrators who breached the U.S Embassy in Cairo and attackers who stormed the U.S. "embassy" in Benghazi.


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