By Jane Nambi
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri issued new Jihad guidelines.
Zawahri has urged Jihadists to use restraint in attacking other Muslim sects and non-Muslims and in starting conflicts in countries where jihadis might find a safe base to promote their ideas. The guidelines were published by the SITE monitoring service providing.
The leader stressed that the September 11 attacks on the United States were meant for missionary work, to spread its ideas. “As far as targeting the proxies of America is concerned, it differs from place to place. The basic principle is to avoid entering into any conflict with them, except in the countries where confronting them becomes inevitable,” he said. “…our struggle is a long one, and jihad is in need of safe bases,” Zawahri said in his “general guidelines for jihad” posted on jihadi forums.
Zawahri cited the need to weaken Algeria which crushed Islamist militants in a civil war in the 1990s and spread jihadi influence throughout the Maghreb and West Africa.