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In video marking 9/11 anniversary, Al-Qaeda chief says ‘Jerusalem will never be Judaized’

YnetNews.com reports: “Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri appeared in a new video marking the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in which he said that ‘Jerusalem will never be Judaized.’

The SITE Intelligence Group that monitors jihadist websites said the video was released Saturday, months after rumors spread that he was dead. In it, al-Zawahri and praised al-Qaeda attacks including one that targeted Russian troops in Syria in January.

SITE said al-Zawahri also noted the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. It added that his comments do not necessarily indicate a recent recording, as the withdrawal agreement with the Taliban was signed in February 2020.

Al-Zawahri made no mention of the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan and the capital Kabul last month, SITE added. But he did mention a Jan. 1, attack that targeted Russian troops on the edge of the northern Syrian city of Raqqa.

Rumors have spread since late 2020 that al-Zawahri had died from an illness. Since then, no video or proof of life surfaced, until Saturday…”

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