Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over management of the terrorist group after the loss of life of Osama bin Laden, has appeared in a video launched on the twentieth anniversary of the September 11 assaults.
Zawahiri was believed to be useless, however referenced occasions that passed off after he was mentioned to have been killed.
”Amid rumors of his loss of life, Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri proven in a brand new 60-minute video, this time providing some proof that he’s not useless – significantly, reference to occasions after December when rumors of loss of life surfaced,” US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks jihadist teams on-line, director Rita Katz tweeted.
17) Amid rumors of his loss of life, al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri proven in new 60-minute video, this time providing some proof that he’s not useless–significantly, reference to occasions after December, when rumors of loss of life surfaced. (A speech from March supplied no such proof) pic.twitter.com/IXpz6wIZvh
— Rita Katz (@Rita_Katz) September 11, 2021
The video, launched by As Sahab Media, al Qaeda’s propaganda arm, was titled “Jerusalem will not be Judaized.”
“Zawahiri mentioned a raid on a Russian military base by the al Qaeda-aligned Hurras al-Deen in Syria, which the group said occurred on Jan. 1 — after rumors began circulating of his death in November,” Fox Information studies. “Katz said while Zawahiri did discuss the U.S’s withdrawal from Afghanistan, she noted he did not talk about the Taliban’s return to power in the country.”
Katz defined that it’s potential he’s nonetheless useless, however it might have had to have taken place in or after January 2021, primarily based on the content material of the video.
“However, Zawahiri doesn’t mention Taliban’s Afghanistan victory, and his talk of US ‘making its exit from Afghanistan’ could have been said early as Feb 2020 upon Doha Agreement,” she mentioned. “Thus, he could still be dead, though if so, would have been at some point in or after Jan 2021.”
Katz added, “intelligence agencies have, as of yet, offered no proof or solid assessments that Zawahiri is dead, leaving the question of his current status in the air.”
“Tragic as it is to say, this 9/11 anniversary is a uniquely positive one for al-Qaeda. As one AQ supporter wrote, the US leaving Afghanistan is a validation of Bin Laden’s vision and the ‘blessed’ 9/11 attacks, and that ‘Afghanistan is the beginning,’” she wrote.