Al-Qaeda chief blames US for invasion of Ukraine in new video

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has appeared in a pre-recorded video to mark the 11th anniversary of the death of his predecessor Osama bin Laden

BAGHDAD — Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a pre-recorded video marking the 11th anniversary of the death of his predecessor Osama bin Laden.

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.

“Here (the US) is after their 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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