Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri says the United States colluded with the Egyptian military to topple the democratically-elected government of Mohammed Morsi.
“Crusaders and secularists and the Americanised army have converged … with [Persian] Gulf money and American plotting to topple Mohamed Morsi’s government,” Zawahiri said in an audio recording posted on the Net.
Zawahiri also attacked interim vice President Mohamed ElBaradei, an opposition leader during Morsiâ„¢s short-lived tenure, for being an “envoy of American providence,” and described the former head of the International Atomic Energy Organization as the Å“destroyer of Iraq.”
The al-Qaeda boss, an Egyptian himself, criticized the Muslim Brotherhood for distancing itself from Islamic law to please the US.
Morsi’s “Muslim Brotherhood government strove to please America and the secularists as much as it could, but they were not satisfied with it,” said Zawahiri
Since the July 3 ouster of Morsi by the military, the White House has avoided referring to the incident as a coup since US law prohibits granting aid to a country where a democratic government has been overthrown by the military.
US Secretary of State John Kerry hit the final nail in the coffin on Thursday. “The military did not take over, to the best of our judgement – so far. To run the country, there’s a civilian government. In effect, they were restoring democracy.”
Gehad al-Haddad, a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood responded to Kerryâ„¢s remarks by saying that the US is Å“complicit” in Morsiâ„¢s forced ouster.
“Is it the job of the army to restore democracy?” he said.
Republished from: Press TV