The leader of the al-Qaeda terrorist organization, Ayman al-Zawahiri, appeared in a video released on September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States. About it informs AP with reference to the data of the SITE group, which monitors terrorist activity on the Web. When exactly the video was recorded is unknown.
In an hour-long video, the head of al-Qaeda, in particular, says that “Jerusalem will never be Jewish,” and positively assesses the attacks of the movement, including the attack on the Russian military in Syria. AP notes that al-Zawahiri also mentioned the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan, but did not touch upon the topic of the seizure of the country by the Taliban.
This may indicate that the video was recorded much earlier than it was distributed. The experts also pointed out that when talking about the withdrawal of troops from Kabul, the al-Qaeda leader may have been referring to the agreement signed by the Taliban and the United States in February 2019. AP notesthat since the end of 2020, rumors have spread of al-Zawahiri’s death from illness. From the end of 2020 to September 11, not a single video with the head of the movement appeared.
SITE Group Leader Rita Katz suggested on her Twitter that al-Zawahiri may indeed be already dead, but noted that the special services now have no proof of this. Egyptian al-Zawahri became the leader of al-Qaeda after the elimination of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in Pakistan in 2011 by US forces.
On September 11, 2001, a group of al-Qaeda suicide bombers launched an attack on the United States. Militants hijacked four planes: two of them crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, another crashed on the Pentagon in Washington, and the fourth crashed in Pennsylvania. The attacks killed 2,977 people.