Al-Qaida’s offshoot in Yemen has urged Muslims to revolt against Arab rulers and establish governments based on Islamic law, according to an audio tape posted on militant websites.
The appeal came at a time of growing political unrest in the Arab world.
Popular uprisings have deposed the leaders of Tunisia and Egypt, and anti-government protests are gaining momentum in Libya, Yemen and Bahrain.
The speaker on the tape is identified as Ibrahim al-Rubeish, a former detainee at the US-run Guantanamo Bay detention camp.
The tape was produced by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemen-based offshoot of the terror network, according to the Site Intel group, a US-based group which monitors extremist websites.
In the 10-minute recording, Al-Rubeish criticises Saudi Arabia for providing a haven for deposed Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.
He also says that toppling long-time rulers is not enough and that new governments must be established based on Islamic religious law, or Shariah.
“One tyrant goes, only to be replaced another who may fix for the people some of their worldly issues by offering job opportunities and increasing their income, but the greater problem remains,” he said, according to a translation provided by Site.