Al-Qaeda leader praises 9/11 attacks, tells Muslims “topple the western proxies” during period of “American weakness”



Via TIMES OF ISRAEL:

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Thursday released an audio recording hailing the “blessed” September 11 terror attacks as “the greatest blow” America had ever suffered. He also asserted an Islamic duty to “liberate” every inch of Muslim lands, and called upon Muslims to “purify” their countries of corrupt leaders during what he termed a period of “American weakness.”

Muslims should “topple the western proxies” left in their countries “and especially the Saud clan and the gulf sheiks in the Arabian peninsula,” he declared.

Al-Zawahiri also urged Muslims to capture citizens of countries that fight Muslims in order to hold them as hostages and force the release of Muslim prisoners.

In comments translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), al-Zawahiri commemorated the “blessed raids” in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. He also noted “defeats” suffered by the United States in recent years in Afghanistan, Iraq and through the demise of “four of its collaborators in the Arab world” – references to the fall of leaders during the Arab Spring.

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