Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri showed up in a new video noting the 20th wedding anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks, months after rumours spread that he was dead.
The WEBSITE Knowledge Team that keeps track of jihadist sites claimed the video clip was launched on Saturday. In it, al-Zawahri stated that “Jerusalem Will Never be Judaised,” and also applauded Al Qaeda attacks consisting of one that targeted Russian troops in Syria in January.
WEBSITE claimed al-Zawahri also noted the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan after twenty years of war. It included that his remarks do not always indicate a recent recording, as the withdrawal arrangement with the Taliban was signed in February 2020.
Al-Zawahri made no reference of the Taliban’s requisition of Afghanistan and also the resources Kabul last month, SITE added. However he did mention a Jan 1 assault that targeted Russian troops on the edge of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.
Rumours have actually spread out since late 2020 that al-Zawahri had died from an illness. Since then, no video or evidence of life appeared, until Saturday.
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“He might still be dead, though if so, it would certainly have gone to some point in or after Jan 2021,” tweeted Rita Katz, SITE’s director.
Al-Zawahri’s speech was taped in a 61-minute, 37-second video clip generated by the team’s As-Sahab Media Structure.
In recent times, Al Qaeda has actually dealt with competition in jihadi circles from its rival, the militant Islamic State (IS) group. IS rose to prominence by confiscating big swathes of Iraq as well as Syria in 2014, stating a ‘caliphate’ as well as prolonging affiliates to multiple countries throughout the region.
IS’s physical ‘caliphate’ was crushed in Iraq as well as Syria, though its militants are still active and also executing assaults. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy leader of IS was killed by United States special forces in a raid in northwestern Syria in October 2019.
Al-Zawahri, an Egyptian, came to be leader of Al Qaeda adhering to the 2011 murder of Osama container Laden in Abbottabad by United States Navy SEALs.