Muslim Brotherhood cleric calls for Sunni jihad in Syria

He referred to Alawites, the followers of the Muslim sect to which President Bashar al-Assad of Syria belongs, as being “worse infidels than Christians or Jews”. He also used the deliberately contemptuous term “Nusayris” when talking about them.

He was particularly critical of the roles played by Iran, which is largely Shia, and the Lebanon Shia militia Hizbollah whose name translates as Party of God but which he called “Party of Satan”, in supporting the Assad regime.

“There is no common ground between the two sides because the Iranians, especially conservatives, want to eat the Sunni people,” he said.