The leader of al-Qaeda urged his followers and all militants in Syria to unite ranks and prepare for protracted jihad, or holy war, in a new recording. Ayman al-Zawahri told the jihadis to remain steadfast and change tactics in order to wage guerrilla war. His remarks came in an audio message released through al-Qaeda’s media arm, As-Sahab.
Al-Zawahri said the “international satanic alliance” of state powers would never accept Islam’s rule in Syria. He said the war isn’t an exclusively nationalist Syrian cause but a campaign by the entire Muslim nation that seeks to establish divine rule.