April 19, 2018

Zawahri urges Iraq Sunnis to wage guerrilla war if IS defeated

Al Qaeda’s Ayman al-Zawahri. (Reuters Photo)

BAGHDAD:  Al Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahri has called on Iraq’s Sunnis to prepare for a “long guerrilla” war if ISIS is defeated, according to a video seen today.

“The Sunnis of Iraq should not just surrender upon the fall of (their) cities into the hand of the Shi’ite Safavid army,” he said in a video recording distributed by supporters, using a derogatory term for the army of Iraq’s Shi’ite-led government.

“Rather they should reorganize themselves in a long guerrilla war in order to defeat the new Crusader-Safavid occupation of their areas as they defeated them before.”

The Iraqi army is supported by both a US-led coalition and Iran in its fight with ISIS, which seized much of northern and western Iraq in 2014.

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