Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged for young Muslim men living in the U.S., U.K. and other western countries to carry out terrorist attacks. He suggested for the Muslim youth to take after Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bomber; and the Kouachi Brothers responsible for the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris.
“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,” al-Zawahiri said in an audio message obtained by the Daily Mail. According to the website, the audio is at least two months old as proven by references made to former Taliban leader Mullah Mohamed Omar as being alive.
Even with condemning the ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi for appointing himself as a “caliph” without consulting the Muslim leaders, al-Zawahiri said that Al Qaeda is ready to work with the ISIS. “Despite the big mistakes [of Islamic State], if I were in Iraq or Syria I would cooperate with them in killing the crusaders and secularists and Shi’ites even though I don’t recognise the legitimacy of their state, because the matter is bigger than that,” al-Zawahiri was quoted as saying.
Meanwhile, former president of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai, believed that Al Qaeda does not exist. He also denied that 9/11 attacks were plotted in Afghanistan. “I don’t know if al-Qaida existed and I don’t know if they exist. I have not seen them and I’ve not had any report about them, any report that would indicate that al-Qaida is operating in Afghanistan. It is for me a myth […] For us, they don’t exist,” Karzai was quoted as saying by The Guardian.