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Al Qaeda leader Al-Zawahiri,rumored dead, appears in 9/11 anniversary video: Report

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 12 Sep 2021, 06:26 pm

Twenty years after the 9/11 attack on the US, Osama bin Laden's successor in Al Qaeda Ayman al-Zawahiri, rumored dead, surfaced in a video released on the 9/11 anniversary.

US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which tracks and analyses the online activity of jihadist groups, reported that Zawahiri spoke on a number of issues in the video, released to mark the 9/11 attacks by the Al Qaeda.

Rita Katz, SITE's Director tweeted, "Amid rumours of his death, Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri shown in a new 60-minute video, this time offering some evidence that he is not dead--particularly, reference to events after December when rumours of death surfaced."

According to the report, the video introduced him with "May Allah Protect Him". He referenced the raid on a Russian military base by the Al-Qaeda-aligned Hurras al-Deen in Syria, which it claimed on Jan 1 (after rumors/reporting of his death surfaced in Nov).

Zawihiri's talk of US "making its exit from Afghanistan" could have been said early as Feb 2020 upon Doha Agreement, she pointed out in another tweet, adding that " he could still be dead, though if so, would have been at some point in or after Jan 2021."

She noted that the intelligence agencies are yet to provide proof that Zawahiri is dead and his current status remains unknown.

Katz tweets that pro-Al Qaeda media groups are outpouring with 9/11 celebrations and incitements: posters, videos, hashtags, etc. It is a very organized and thoroughly prepped campaign--nothing like what I've seen in previous years.

Moreover, Al Qaeda official media wing as-Sahab announced a new forthcoming release, which seems to be a video, expected to be released on September 11.

This followed a release of a book by Zawahiri. As-Sahab releases part one of a book series by him with an introduction dated April 2021. The 852-page installment gives dedication to killed operatives.

While the Taliban who have taken over Afghanistan may be donning a friendly face for Western audiences, their intrinsic bonds with Al-Qaeda persists. Al Qaeda has made it clear that for them, the new Islamic Emirate is a victory and they're beneficiaries of the spoils.

Zawahiri succeeded Osama Bin Laden as the chief of the group after Laden was hunted down by US SEAL forces in Jalalabad in Pakistan.