Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a pre-recorded video to mark the 11th anniversary of the death of his predecessor Osama bin Laden.
Al-Zawahri says in the video that “American weakness” was the reason his ally Ukraine became “prey” for the Russian invasion.
The 27-minute speech was released Friday, according to the SITE Intelligence group, which tracks militant activity. The leader appears at a desk with books and a gun.
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Al-Zawahri urged Muslim unity, saying the US was in a state of weakness and decline, citing the impact of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan launched after the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Bin Laden was the mastermind and financier behind the attacks.
“Here [the US] after its defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan, after the economic disasters caused by the 9/11 invasions, after the Corona pandemic, and after it left its ally Ukraine as prey for the Russians,” he said.
Bin Laden was killed in a 2011 raid by US troops on his hideout in Pakistan.
The whereabouts of Al-Zawahri are unknown. He is wanted by the FBI and there is a $25 million reward for information leading to his arrest.
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