Stamford Advocate

Al-Qaida chief appears in video


Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a video marking the 20th anniversar­y of the Sept. 11, attacks, months after rumors spread that he was dead.

The SITE Intelligen­ce Group that monitors jihadist websites said the video was released Saturday. In it, al-Zawahri said that “Jerusalem Will Never be Judaized,” and praised al-Qaida attacks including one that targeted Russian troops in Syria in January.

SITE said al-Zawahri also noted the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanista­n after 20 years of war. It added that his comments do not necessaril­y indicate a recent recording, as the withdrawal agreement with the Taliban was signed in February 2020.

Al-Zawahri made no mention of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanista­n and the capital Kabul last month, SITE added. But he did mention a Jan. 1, attack that targeted Russian troops on the edge of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.

Rumors have spread since late 2020 that al-Zawahri had died from illness. Since then, no video or proof of life surfaced, until Saturday.

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