Seeks Big Attacks or Small
By Harold Hutchison
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is calling for attacks on the United States. The call came from a message on an audiotape released to mark the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people.
In the message, Zawahiri referenced the bombing at the Boston marathon earlier this year, claiming, “The Boston incident confirms to the Americans the extent of their lying and tricking of themselves, and their arrogance from accepting the truth that is as bright as the sun, which is that they are not facing individuals, organizations or groups, but they are facing an uprising Ummah [Muslim community], that rose in jihad to defend its soul, dignity and capabilities.”
Zawahiri’s message also called for terror attacks to “bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security, for the weak point of America is its economy, which has already begun to stagger due to the military and security expenditure.”
Zawahiri took over al-Qaeda after Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs in 2011.