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Al-Qaeda 2.0A Critical Reader$
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Donald Holbrook

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190856441

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190856441.001.0001

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Sham [Syria] is Entrusted Upon your Shoulders

Sham [Syria] is Entrusted Upon your Shoulders

December 2015

By Ayman al-Zawahiri

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(p.253) Sham [Syria] is Entrusted Upon your Shoulders
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Al-Qaeda 2.0
Author(s):
Donald Holbrook

Cerwyn Moore

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190856441.003.0019

Here Zawahiri touches upon another dynamic in the geopolitics of the region: the position of Saudi Arabia, at this stage engaged in fighting with Shia Muslim Houthi rebels in Yemen. The statement also comes in the wake of multiple Saudi-led efforts to consolidate opposition forces against the Assad regime in Damascus, including the December 2015 Riyadh Conference. Zawahiri uses the opportunity to remind his audience of Saudi treachery, listing the regime’s crimes from collusion with British colonial representatives to their harassment of the late bin Ladin. He also weaves in his continued denunciation of IS, by now making very explicit comparisons between the group and the early transgressing Kharijites

Keywords:   Ayman al-Zawahiri, Al-Qaeda, Syria, Yemen, Bashar al-Assad, Kharijites

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