The leader of al-Qaeda used the 9/11 anniversary to call on Muslims to rise up against the United States. In a 30-minute video dubbed “How to Confront America,” Ayman al-Zawahiri listed the reasons, as he sees them, for attacking America.
It’s the latest in a series of al-Qaeda appeals as al-Qaeda seeks the ascendancy in its battle with ISIS to be the undisputed king of terror.
His speech is filled with antiquated rhetoric and traditional Islamic intricacy:
“My dear Muslim brothers, we must understand the nature of the contemporary disbelievers’ enmity towards Islam and Muslims in its correct perspective, so that we may be able to define a sound methodology to successfully repel and resist their aggression and thereby fulfill our duty of jihad. Behind all the conflicts involving Muslims, one finds either the direct hand of the secular crusader West in the leadership of America, or its silent approval, connivance, collusion or intrigues.”
In the clip, one hears al-Zawahiri’s voice dubbed over an image of his face occasionally interspersed with news footage of Donald Trump and American scenes.
Here’s a small part of al-Zawahiri’s diatribe:
In another recent video, Zawahiri was more succinct, pointing to
- The impudent Donald Trump showing America’s true colors and the real views of Americans towards Muslims
- The only ways to deal with American aggression — dawa and jihad
- The successful attacks by jihadis against American interests in Somalia, Kenya, Yemen and elsewhere
- The day when the mujahideen (jihadi warriors) will defeat the U.S.
Al-Qaeda is pushing to reclaim the terror crown as Islamic State’s caliphate in Syria and Iraq is now largely destroyed. Zawahiri, along with Osama bin Laden’s son Hamza, targets all Muslims with its propaganda, stressing the unity of the ummah (Muslim world).
Clarion’s analysts say that in the long run, al-Qaeda is likely to outlive ISIS and pose an ongoing threat to the U.S. and its allies.