(London Telegraph) In remarks that underline how al-Qaida now sees the Syrian conflict as its best political chance in years, Zawahiri warned rebel fighters not to do the West’s work by replacing President Assad with a moderate, democratic government.

Instead, he called for the creation of an Islamic caliphate that would then wage all-out war with neighbouring Israel.

“America, its agents and allies want you to shed your blood and the blood of your children and women to bring down the criminal Ba’athist regime, and then set up a government loyal to them and to safeguard Israel’s security,” he said.

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