Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a video that was posted on the morning of Jan.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri is in a video for the 20th
Footage emerged in the early hours of Saturday morning as the world of life commemorates the 3,000 people who were killed in the terrifying terrorist attack in the United States in 2001.
Four planes were hijacked by al-Qaida members on September 11, two of which struck the two towers of the World Trade Center, while one struck the Pentagon. A fourth managed to be diverted to a field in Pennsylvania by a heroic crew.
Now al-Zawahri, the successor to the Islamist extremist and mastermind behind the heinous attack on Osama bin Laden, has appeared in a chilling, newly released video praising his group.
Amid warnings of al-Qaeda expanding recruitment campaigns and propaganda, SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist websites, said the video was released on Saturday to “counter” claims that al-Zawahri was dead.
Al-Zawahri became the leader of the terrorist organization in 2011 when Osama Bin-Laden was shot dead by US forces after years of being the most wanted man in the world as the perpetrator of the most traumatic event in the world to date, the century.
While Al-Zawahri allegedly died of an illness last November, a new 60-minute video of him has surfaced.
The footage shows him praising Al Qaeda fighters for a raid on Russian forces in Syria in January, following his alleged death in November.
Analyzing the video on Twitter, the SITE director said: “Amid rumors of his death, al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is featured in a new 60-minute video, this time with some evidence that he is not dead – in particular with references to events after December when rumors of death surfaced.
“However, Zawahiri does not mention the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan, and his speech about the“ US withdrawal from Afghanistan ”could have been said as early as February 2020 after the Doha Agreement.
“So he could still be dead, but if so, he would have died sometime in or after January 2021.”
Katz concluded her analysis by saying, “Intelligence agencies have so far provided no evidence or solid assessments that Zawahiri is dead, so the question of his current status remains in the air.”
She also warned that “al-Qaeda and the jihadist landscape have changed in recent weeks” as “they have expanded their propaganda and recruitment campaigns and celebrate their biggest victory since 2001: the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan”.
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To date, 9/11 remains one of the most traumatic events of the century, leading to a 20-year war in Afghanistan and an eight-year war in Iraq.
Only a month after the terrible attack, US President George Bush decided to invade Afghanistan because the Taliban “host” the terrorist organization in the country.
After years of grueling conflict that cost trillions of dollars and hundreds of thousands of lives, US forces withdrew from the country on August 15.
Their withdrawal, which ended just days before the 20th anniversary of September 11th, enabled a swift recapture of the country by the Taliban and the catastrophic collapse of the western-backed Afghan government.