Al-Qaida leader opposes fighting Christians

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Associated Press

Posted on January 25, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Updated Saturday, Jan 25 at 9:05 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida's leader says that Egypt's majority Muslims should not fight their Christian compatriots, even though the head of their church supported a military coup that deposed the Islamist president.

In an audio message posted on militant websites early Saturday, Ayman al-Zawahri said it was not in the interest of Muslims to be engaged with the Christians because "we have to be busy with confronting the Americanized coup of (Gen. Abdel-Fattah) el-Sissi and establish an Islamic government instead."

El-Sissi is Egypt's defense minister who removed President Mohammed Morsi from power in a popularly backed July 3 coup.

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