Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri said that Hizbullah had been exposed as a 'tool of Iranian expansionism,' in an audio message posted online on Wednesday.
Zawahiri said that Hizbullah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah's public acknowledgement in late April that its fighters had intervened in neighboring Syria in support of President Bashar Assad, a key Tehran ally, "tore off the mask he always hid behind."
"The jihadist uprising in Muslim Syria has exposed the ugly face of Hasan Nasrallah, the head of the rejectionist (Shiite) Safavid (Iranian) plan for Syria," the al-Qaida leader said.
"It has been revealed to the Islamic Umma that he is just an instrument in the rejectionist Safavid plan that aims to spread the hegemony of the vali-e faqih," he said, referring to Iranian supreme leader Ayatollahi Ali Khamenei.
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