by The Chicago Times Staff

September 12, 2021

CAIRO – According to The SITE Intelligence Group, Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a video commemorating the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, months after rumors that he was dead circulated.

The video was released Saturday in which al-Zawahri declared that “. . . Jerusalem will never be Judaized,” and praised al-Qaida attacks, including one in January against Russian troops in Syria.  Al-Zawahri also mentioned the United States military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war.

Al-Zawahri made no mention of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the capital Kabul last month fueling rumors that the al-Zawahri had passed away shortly after the pre-recorded video.

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