In a new video, al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri celebrates the fall of Arab “despots,” as well as what he calls “the defeats of their master America,” including 9/11 and U.S. troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, abcnews informs. “[Osama bin Laden] attacked America at its core in the biggest attacks since Pearl Harbor,” says Zawahiri in the 13-minute video, released on jihadist websites late Tuesday, and calls the U.S. “the symbol of murder in human history.” He says America “was defeated in Iraq and had to withdraw,” and has also been “defeated in Afghanistan, where it was started to withdraw. Wearing a white turban and sitting in an armchair, without the rifle he has had by his side in past messages, Zawahiri also calls the regime changes in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt defeats for the U.S.
The message is the sixth that Zawahiri has released since the death of al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden in a U.S. Navy SEAL raid in May, and the fourth released since Zawahiri assumed command of the terror group in June. Zawahiri, 60, an Egyptian-born doctor, helped found al Qaeda with bin Laden, merging bin Laden’s group with his own Egyptian Islamic Jihad. Together they issued a fatwa in 1998, believed to have been authored by Zawahiri, called “World Islamic Front Against Jews and Crusaders,” and also called a general meeting of al Qaeda.