Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri launched a message advising Muslims to organize large or small terrorist attacks inside the United States, in an effort to “bleed” the American economy.
In an audio message released two days after the twelfth anniversary of 9/11, the successor to Osama bin Laden urged Muslims to strike and hit the U.S. where it hurts: the economy.
“We should bleed America economically by motivating it to continue its huge expenditure on its security as America’s weak point is its economy, which already has begun stumbling because of the military and security expenditure,” Zawahiri said in the video as quoted by the Associated Press.
He went on to say the U.S. is not the great power some may think it is
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“America is not a mythic power and the Americans, after all, are humans who can be defeated felled and punished."
The al-Qaeda leader called for “lone-wolf strikes.” Zawahiri’s 77 minute message also praised the Boston marathon bombings in April, according to the BBC.
“He’s looking at the Boston Marathon bombing, which was a terrorist attack but rather small, he’s seen the profound the effect it’s had on Boston and he wants more,” John Miller, a former senior official at the FBI told CBS.
However, Miller believes Zawahiri lacks the “charisma” of bin Laden.
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“He’s an Egyptian pediatrician and he’s a smart guy, but this message hasn’t resonated.”
In the audio message, Zawahiri He says that the U.S. fled Iraq and Afghanistan in “defeat.”
However, Syria remains a hot topic. He warns Islamist opposition groups there not to come any agreement with “secularists” who are also fighting the Assad regime.
“Let what happened in Egypt be a lesson to them,” he says.
Sources: BBC, CBS, RT.com