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Al Qaeda head instigates Iraq Sunnis to wage guerrilla war if ISIS defeated

REUTERS
Published Aug 25, 2016, 8:30 pm IST
Updated Aug 25, 2016, 8:30 pm IST
The Sunnis of Iraq should not just surrender upon the fall of their cities into the hand of the Shia Safavid army, Ayman al-Zawahiri said.
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Iraq's Sunnis to prepare for a 'long guerrilla' war if Islamic State is defeated. (Photo: AFP)
 Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Iraq's Sunnis to prepare for a 'long guerrilla' war if Islamic State is defeated. (Photo: AFP)

Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has called on Iraq's Sunnis to prepare for a "long guerrilla" war if Islamic State is defeated, according to a video seen on Thursday.

"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 reorganise 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 Islamic State, which seized much of northern and western Iraq in 2014.

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Location: Iraq, Baghdad, Baghdad




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