09 Feb '11, 5am

An Al-Qaeda front group has called on protesters in Egypt to wage jihad

An Al-Qaeda front group has called on protesters in Egypt to wage jihad

Hundreds of thousands of Egyptian anti-government demonstrators gather at Cairo's Tahrir Square on Feb 8. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON - AL-QAEDA-FRONT group The Islamic State of Iraq has called on Egyptian protesters to wage jihad and push for the establishment of a government based on Islamic law, the US-based Site monitoring service said on Tuesday. The statement, which appears to be the first reaction of any group affiliated with Al-Qaeda to the ongoing protests in Egypt, was issued on jihadist forums on February 8, according to the US group. The message, addressed to the protesters, says that the 'market of jihad' has opened in Egypt and 'the doors of martyrdom have opened,' and every able-bodied man must participate. -- AFP

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