October 12th, 2011
01:38 PM ET

In latest video message, al Qaeda leader calls for Islamic law in Libya

In his latest video, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri congratulated the Libyan people on their victory against dictator Moammar Gadhafi but warned them against Western manipulation as they forge ahead in building a new nation.

Osama bin Laden's successor said Libyans should move quickly to establish Sharia, or Islamic law.

"Be careful of the plots of the West and its agents as you are building your new state and do not allow them to trick you and steal your sacrifices and suffering," al-Zawahiri said in the video posted on Islamist websites. "And be sure to take the first, most important step for reform and apply Sharia.

"If the West talks about extremists and militants, they are talking about the honest and the free who defend their religion, sanctities, families and countries," he said.

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  1. banasy©

    @BtBC:

    Hmmmm, again, too bad you're from Canada...

    October 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. George Patton

    Doesn't this Ayman al-Zawahiri know that the new leaders of Libya plan to make another U.S. satellite state like Iraq and Yemen? It would be nice if I turned out to be wrong about these guys but I'm afraid I'm not but hopefully could be! A Libya for the Libyans is what I say, not for NATO!

    October 13, 2011 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Lori

    Moammar must be dead–he's not updating his Facebook page

    October 20, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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