Terrorism

Al-Qaeda leader urges young Muslims to launch lone-wolf attacks on West

The Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on young Muslim men in Western countries to carry out lone-wolf attacks – and urged greater unity between militants. Referring to nations making up the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria: I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to […]

Newsroom

September 14, 2015 12:49 pm

The Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on young Muslim men in Western countries to carry out lone-wolf attacks – and urged greater unity between militants.

In a recording released on Wednesday, Zawahiri denounced Isis as "illegitimate", indicating the extent of the schism between the two groups.
In a recording released on Wednesday, Zawahiri denounced Isis as “illegitimate”, indicating the extent of the schism between the two groups.

Referring to nations making up the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria:

I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to hesitate. We must now focus on moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities of the crusader West and specifically America,” he said in an audio recording posted online on Sunday.

He suggested Muslim youth in the West take the Tsarnaev and Kouachi brothers, who carried out the Boston marathon bombings and Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris respectively, and others as examples to follow.

From his references to events, it appears that the message was recorded roughly eight months ago.

Reuters reported Zawahari:

We have endured a lot of harm from Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi (leader of Isis) and his brothers, and we preferred to respond with as little as possible, out of our concern to extinguish the fire of sedition.

But Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and his brothers did not leave us a choice, for they have demanded that all the mujahideen (jihadists) reject their confirmed pledges of allegiance, and to pledge allegiance to them for what they claim of a caliphate.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.