Al-Qaeda leader, rumoured dead, appears in 9/11 anniversary video

JEDDAH-Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a new video marking the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, months after rumors spread that he was dead.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

The SITE Intelligence Group that monitors jihadist websites said the video was released on Saturday. In it, Al-Zawahri said that “Jerusalem Will Never be Judaised”, and praised al-Qaeda attacks including one that targeted Russian troops in Syria in January.

SITE said Al-Zawahri also noted the US military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. 

It added that his comments do not necessarily indicate a recent recording, as the withdrawal agreement with the Taliban was signed in February 2020.

Al-Zawahri made no mention of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the capital Kabul last month, SITE added. But he did mention a January 1, attack that targeted Russian troops on the edge of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.

Rumours have spread since late 2020 that al-Zawahri had died from illness. Since then, no video or proof of life surfaced, until Saturday.

Al-Zawahri, an Egyptian, became leader of al-Qaeda following the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan by US Navy SEALs. (Agencies).

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