Independent Maghreb Press Agency - Al-Qaida's leader has voiced support for the Syrian uprising against President Bashar al-Assad and called on Muslims from neighboring countries to come to the aid of Syrian anti-government rebels.
In a video posted Sunday on an Islamist website, Ayman al-Zawahiri urged Muslims in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey to join the uprising against Assad's "pernicious, cancerous regime." He also called on Syrians not to rely on the West or Arab governments.
Senior Iraqi officials say intelligence over the last four months has revealed a flow of al-Qaida-linked fighters, as well as weapons for Assad's opponents, from northern Iraq into Syria.
Zawahiri's comments came a day after two suicide car bombers struck security compounds in Aleppo, a Syrian city that had been relatively peaceful throughout the uprising. While no group has claimed responsibility, suicide bombings are a hallmark of al-Qaida.