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Al Qaeda Leader Ayman al-Zawahri Says Christians In Egypt Shouldn't Be Targeted By Muslims

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This frame grabbed file image from video provided by the SITE Intel Group, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, an American private terrorist threat analysis company, purports to show al-Qaida's leader Ayman al-Zawahri in a still image from a web posting by al-Qaida's media arm, as-Sahab. | ASSOCIATED PRESS

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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