By Micah HalpernI've Been Thinking:
In honor of 9-11 the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman Zawahiri, released a video on the internet. Zawahiri called on all of al Qaeda to carry out a large attack against the United States "even if it takes year to organize it."
This should come as no surprise. Zawahiri needs to make certain that al Qaeda stays relevant and to do so he must keep their 9-11 attacks prominent and center most in the minds of potential recruits.
To that end Zawahiri periodically reinforces the success of the 9-11 attack and then claims great victories over the US in Iraq and Afghanistan. He calls on his followers for fight the US and instructs them to do whatever it takes to strike at the enemy.
Zawahiri is telling his followers that they should plan attacks and perpetrate them in the United States even if it takes a year to plan them. And of course, Zawahiri praises the Boston Marathon attack.
"The Boston incident confirms to the Americans ... that they are not facing individuals, organizations or groups, but they are facing an uprising Ummah ( the entire Muslim community of the World), that rose in jihad to defend its soul, dignity and capabilities."
"We should bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security, for the weak point of America is its economy, which has already begun to stagger due to the military and security expenditure."
Al Qaeda is stepping up their game. The leadership is intensifying their operations so that al Qaeda appears to be the central force challenging Western and external influences within the Muslim world.
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