AL QAEDA CALLS FOR ISLAMIC RULE IN EGYPT: New threats against Israel; oil prices soaring

UPDATE: Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader visits Tehran, says: “Every night when I go to bed, I pray to wake up the next day to see Israel is wiped off the map.”

UPDATE: Oil prices top $106 a barrel

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“Osama bin Laden’s deputy is urging fellow Egyptians to establish Islamic rule over the country after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, who sought to curb Islamists throughout his nearly 30 years in power,” reports the Associated Press. “Al-Qaida’s Ayman al-Zawahri made the appeal in an Internet audio message released Friday, his second recording since Mubarak was forced out on Feb. 11. It is unlikely his call for an Islamic state will resonate among the overwhelming majority of those who took part in the 18-day popular uprising and seek a democratic system to replace Mubarak’s autocratic rule.” Said al-Zawahiri: “The Egyptian people’s demand to establish Islamic rule is one of the most prominent Egyptian realities, a demand by the vast majority which foreign powers try to deprive them of.”

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