Al-Qaeda’s deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has reportedly criticised a French law that includes the banning of Islamic headscarves in state schools. The decision shows “the grudge the western crusaders have against Islam,” Mr Zawahiri said in a tape broadcast on Arabic satellite station al-Arabiya. The tape said the decision by French President Jacques Chirac was part of an ongoing campaign against Islam. The ban on religious symbols sparked protests by Muslims and other groups. Mr Zawahiri has been heard on a number of audio and video tapes since he and al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden lost their bases in Afghanistan in 2001. Full Story
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