BEIRUT – Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a video die the . marks 20th birthday of the September 11 attacks, months after rumors circulated that he… dead.
The SITE Intelligence Group die jihadist websites in keeps an eye on it, said the video was released on Saturday. In it, al-Zawahri said that “Jerusalem will never be made Jewish”, and praised al-Qaeda’s attacks, including one that targeted Russian troops in Syria in January.
SITE said al-Zawahri also noticed US military withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. It added that his comments do not necessarily indicate a recent inclusion, as the Withdrawal Agreement with the Taliban was signed in february 2020.
al-Zawahric made no mention of the takeover of the Taliban of Afghanistan and the capital Kabul last month, SITE added. But he did mention a January 1. attack die were targeting Russian troops on the edge of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.
Since late 2020, rumors have been circulating that al-Zawahri has died of an illness. No video since of proof of life surfaced, until Saturday.
“He Can Still Be” dead, although if it were, it would have been at some point in of after January 2021,” tweeted Rita Katz, SITEs director.
Al-Zawahri’s speech has been recorded in a 61-minute, 37-second video made by the group’s as-Sahab Media Foundation.
In recent years, al-Qaida has faced competition in jihadist circles of its rival, the Islamic State group. IS gained fame by conquering large swaths of Iraq and Syria in 2014, declaring a “caliphate” and expanding branches to multiple countries across the region.
The physical “caliphate” of IS was crushed in Iraq and Syria, although the militants are still active and wear out to attack. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy leader of IS was killed by the US special forces in a raid in Northwest Syria in October 2019.
Al-Zawahri, an Egyptian, became leader of al-Qaeda after the 2011 killing of Osama Bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan by US Navy SEALs.
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