Al-Qaida leader blames US for Ukraine invasion in new video

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri made an appearance in a pre-recorded video to mark the 11th anniversary of the death of his predecessor Osama bin Laden

BAGHDAD — Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri made an appearance in a pre-recorded video to mark the 11th anniversary of the death of his predecessor Osama bin Laden.

The 27-minute speech was released on Friday according to the SITE Intelligence group, which monitors activist activity. The leader appears seated at a desk with books and a gun.

“Here is (the United States) after its defeat in Iraq and Afghanistan, after the economic disasters caused by the invasions of September 11, after the Corona pandemic, and after having left its ally Ukraine prey to the Russians”, did he declare.

Bin Laden was killed in a 2011 raid by US forces on his hideout in Pakistan.

Al-Zawahri’s fate is unknown. He is wanted by the FBI and there is a $25 million reward for information leading to his capture.

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