Twenty years after the ghastly terror assault on the US, Al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, rumoured lifeless, has surfaced in a video launched on the 9/11 anniversary. US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks the web exercise of jihadist teams, reported that Zawahiri spoke on a variety of points. Rita Katz, SITE’s Director tweeted, “Amid rumours 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 dead–particularly, reference to occasions after December when rumours of loss of life surfaced.”
Within the video, Zawahiri talked a couple of raid on a Russian army base by the Al-Qaeda-aligned Hurras al-Deen in Syria, which it claimed on January 1.
The clip introduces Zawahiri with “Might Allah Defend Him.” The video additionally makes use of clips from Taliban media, exhibiting its fighters.
“Yet one more sign of the significance of the Taliban within the world jihadist motion’s narrative since 9/11, and the way the Taliban’s victory in Afghanistan can also be Al-Qaeda’s victory,” tweeted Katz.
As per Katz, pro-Al Qaeda media teams are outpouring with 9/11 celebrations and incitements: posters, movies, hashtags, and so forth. It’s a very organized and completely prepped campaign–nothing like what I’ve seen in earlier years.
Furthermore, Al Qaeda official media wing as-Sahab introduced a brand new forthcoming launch, which appears to be a video, anticipated to be launched at present.
This adopted a launch of a e book by Zawahiri. As-Sahab releases half one among a e book sequence by him with an introduction dated April 2021. The 852-page installment provides dedication to killed operatives.
Whereas the Taliban who’ve taken over Afghanistan could also be donning a pleasant face for Western audiences, their intrinsic bonds with Al-Qaeda persists. Al Qaeda has made it clear that for them, the brand new Islamic Emirate is a victory they usually’re beneficiaries of the spoils.
Zawahiri succeeded Osama Bin Laden because the chief of the group after Laden was hunted down by US SEAL forces in Jalalabad in Pakistan.
Intelligence companies have, as of but, provided no proof or strong assessments that Zawahiri is lifeless, leaving the query of his present standing within the air.
(With ANI inputs)