Zawahiri urges war crimes agenda
The leader of al-Qaida has urged Muslims to kidnap Westerners to exchange for imprisoned jihadists, including a blind cleric serving a life sentence in the United States for a 1993 plot to blow up New York City landmarks.
In an undated two-hour videotape posted this week on militant forums, the Egyptian-born jihadist Ayman al-Zawahri also urged support for Syria's uprising and called for the implementation of Islamic Shariah law in Egypt.
...Sharia law under the radical Islamic groups has been particularly evil. It is a barbaric code from the seventh century which features cruel and unusual punishment. It also apparently sanctions war crimes such as kidnapping non combatants for ransom.