Al-Qaeda leader urges followers to strike inside US

Eurasia News

DUBAI: In an audio message released two days after the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 strikes, the Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called on followers to strike inside the United States, with big attacks or small, using any opportunity they can to bleed America economically.

“We should 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 said.

The Al-Qaeda leader said that Islamic holy warriors can defeat the US with attacks on its own soil as it is not a “mythic power”.

“As we defeated it in the gang warfare in Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan, so we should follow it with …war on its own land. These disparate strikes can be done by one brother or a few of the brothers,” Zawahiri.