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Qaeda welcomes 'tsunami of change'

world Updated: Mar 30, 2011 23:57 IST

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has welcomed the wave of revolutions engulfing the Middle East as a "tsunami of change", the SITE monitoring service said on Wednesday.

Several articles in the latest issue of the group's English-language e-magazine Inspire reflect on the recent upheavals. The cover story, entitled The Tsunami of Change and written by the Yemeni-US cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, argues that the revolutions are good news for Islamic extremists.

"The revolution broke the barriers of fear in the hearts and minds that the tyrants couldn't be removed," he wrote in the e-magazine, available on the SITE website. "...The outcome doesn't have to be an Islamic government for us to consider what is occurring to be a step in the right direction."