BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri looked in a video marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, assaults, months after rumors unfold that he turn into as soon as unimaginative.
The SITE Intelligence Community that displays jihadist web sites acknowledged the video turn into as soon as released Saturday. In it, al-Zawahri acknowledged that “Jerusalem Will Never be Judaized,” and praised al-Qaida assaults alongside with particular person that centered Russian troops in Syria in January.
SITE acknowledged al-Zawahri also famed the U.S. navy’s withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. It added that his comments attain no longer necessarily demonstrate a most contemporary recording, as the withdrawal settlement with the Taliban turn into as soon as signed in February 2020.
Al-Zawahri made no mention of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the capital Kabul closing month, SITE added. But he did mention a Jan. 1, assault that centered Russian troops on the brink of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.
Rumors possess unfold since leisurely 2020 that al-Zawahri had died from sickness. Since then, no video or proof of lifestyles surfaced, until Saturday.
“He may possibly per chance soundless be unimaginative, though if that is so, it may possibly possibly probably well possess been in some unspecified time in the future in or after Jan 2021,” tweeted Rita Katz, SITE’s director.
Al-Zawahri’s speech turn into as soon as recorded in a 61-minute, 37-second video produced by the community’s as-Sahab Media Basis.
In most contemporary years, al-Qaida has confronted competitors in jihadi circles from its rival, the Islamic Insist community. IS rose to prominence by seizing broad swaths of Iraq and Syria in 2014, declaring a “caliphate” and extending affiliates to a pair of countries across the distance.
IS’s bodily “caliphate” turn into as soon as overwhelmed in Iraq and Syria, though its militants are soundless energetic and carrying out assaults. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy chief of IS turn into as soon as killed by U.S. special forces in a raid in northwestern Syria in October 2019.
Al-Zawahri, an Egyptian, grew to alter into chief of al-Qaida following the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, Pakistan by U.S. Navy SEALs.