February 9, 2011

An Iraq-based al-Qaeda group is calling for holy war and jail breaks in Egypt.

In a statement posted on Islamist websites Tuesday, the Islamic State of Iraq urged Egyptian Muslims to topple Egypt’s government as punishment for not imposing strict Islamic law.

The terror group said, quote, “If the people of Islam die trying to reach this goal, it is better for them than having a tyrant who rules them with laws other than God’s Sharia law.” It added, quote, “the doors of martyrdom have opened.” The statement came out the same day Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman revealed al-Qaeda-linked militants are among the many prisoners who have broken out of Egypt’s jails since the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule began more than two weeks ago.

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