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Al Qaeda Leader Urges Followers to Avenge US Quran Burning

AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Al Qaeda is attempting to stir up anti-U.S. sentiment in the Muslim world by once again bringing up last February's burning of Qurans at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan.

During a new audio posted on radical Islamic websites Wednesday, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahari recalled the incident that led to riots in Afghanistan, which resulted in the deaths of several American service personnel.

Since destroying the Islamic holy book is the ultimate sacrilege, al-Zawahari called on all Muslims to fight "those aggressors who occupied your countries, stole your wealth and violated your sanctities."

Even though the U.S. issued apologies immediately after the incident came to light, the al Qaeda chief said that Americans and their allies only pretended to be sorry for the Quran burning, calling it a "silly farce."

The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors militant messages, verified the authenticity of the audio posting.

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