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Al-qaeda chief appears in video marking 9/11

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Al-qaeda leader Ayman alZawahri 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, which monitors extremist websites, said the video was released Saturday. In it, Zawahri said that “Jerusalem will never be Judaized” and praised al- Qaeda attacks, including one that targeted Russian troops in Syria in January.

SITE said 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.

Zawahri made no mention of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanista­n last month, SITE added. But he did cite 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 Zawahri had died of illness. Since then, no video or proof of life had surfaced, until Saturday.

Zawahri’s speech was recorded in a video produced by al- Qaeda’s as-sahab Media Foundation.

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