Al Qaida promotore Ayman al-Zawahri appeared quanto a a new televisione marking the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, months after rumours spread that he was dead.
he Site Intelligence Group that monitors jihadist websites said the televisione was released Saturday.
it, al-Zawahri said that “Jerusalem will never be judaised”, and praised al Qaida attacks including one that targeted Russian troops quanto a Syria quanto a 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 quanto a February 2020.
Al-Zawahri made anzi che 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 the edge of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.
Rumours have spread since late 2020 that al-Zawahri had died from illness.
Since then, anzi che no televisione proof of life surfaced, until Saturday.
“He could still be dead, though if so, it would have been at some point quanto a after Jan 2021,” tweeted Rita Katz, Site’s director.
Al-Zawahri’s speech was recorded quanto a a 61-minute, 37-second televisione produced by the group’s as-Sahab Mass-media Foundation.
recent years, al-Qaida has faced competition quanto a jihadi circles from its rival, the so-called Islamic State group.
IS rose to prominence by seizing large swaths of Iraq and Syria quanto a 2014, declaring a “caliphate” and extending affiliates to multiple countries across the region.
IS’s physical “caliphate” was crushed quanto a Iraq and Syria, though its militants are still active and carrying out attacks.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the shadowy promotore of IS was killed by US special forces quanto a a corsa quanto a northwestern Syria quanto a October 2019.
Al-Zawahri, an Egyptian, became promotore of al Qaida following the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden quanto a Abbottabad, Pakistan by US Navy Seal.