Fifteen years after the tragic 9/11 attacks carried out by the notorious terrorist group Al Qaeda (AQ) against the United States, the group has maintained its stronghold and influence in some parts of the world, particularly in Afghanistan where it originated.
But recently, ahead of the 15th anniversary of the deadly attacks that changed the course of American history, the leadership of AQ has urged black American Muslims to also take part in carrying out attacks in the American soil.
Al Qaeda and Black Americans
The struggle of the U.S to suppress has been a tough one. In fact, in June in this, the Pentagon issued a report, noting that the country’s fight against the Islamist group continue even up to this day.
“The United States remains in an armed conflict against al Qaeda, the Taliban, and associated forces” in Afghanistan. The United States continues to rely on the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force and the President’s constitutional authority as the Commander in Chief as its domestic legal basis for the use of force when required,” an excerpt of the June 2016 report on the Afghanistan conflict reads.
On September 9, AQ’s new leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, the replacement of former AQ leader Osama bin Laden, appeared in a short video clip appealing to African-Americans to launch terrorist attacks today, September 11 in time for the celebration of the 9/11 15th anniversary, the Heavy reported.
Banking on Racial Unrest
Islamist groups taking advantage of racial unrest to advance its agenda is not new as Islamist group, ISIS, has also encouraged uprising among minorities in the U.S to carry out attacks.
In the roughly 20-minute video clip, al-Zawahiri was speaking in Arabic and the video was cut with Malcom x’s speech in English with reference to Quranic verse.
Malcom X was referring to verse 5:45 of the Quran, which reads, “And We ordained for them therein a life for a life, an eye for an eye, a nose for a nose, an ear for an ear, a tooth for a tooth, and for wounds is legal retribution”.
Malcom X, born Malcom Little was an influential African-American Muslim minister who later made a mark as a human rights activist. Malcom X became popular not only among Muslims, but among human rights circle with his race pride.