Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri has called on Muslims around the world to attack American, European, Israeli and Russian targets in a speech on the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11.

In regards to Israel, the terrorist leader encouraged his followers by saying, “After ensuring that his target is permissible in the light of the shari’a, that no harm should occur to Muslims as a result of his actions, and that the benefits of his actions outweigh the costs, all he needs to do is to put his trust in Allah and head for his target after leaving a message that the aim of his jihad operation is avenging the crimes in Palestine and all such Muslim lands.”

“The interests of Israel and its American, British, French, Russian, and European allies are spread all over the world. So just as they conspire and join forces against us everywhere, we must chase them down everywhere at a time and place of our choosing,” Al-Zawahiri added.

On September 11, 2001, four aircraft were hijacked by jihadists affiliated with Al-Qaeda. In addition to the two that hit the World Trade Center, a third hit the Pentagon, and a fourth crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.Zawahri became the leader of Al-Qaeda following the murder of Osama bin Laden in 2011  by the US Navy SEALS.

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