Pro-al-Qaeda post marks 9/11 by calling for more aircraft attacks
A pro-al-Qaeda magazine called for more aircraft attacks on Saturday as much of the world sadly marked the anniversary of 9/11.
Rita Katz, director of the SITE Intelligence Group, warned that Al Qaeda, the group responsible for the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, still intended to target America. SITE follows terrorist groups and their activities.
“As the QA [Al-Qaeda] The community continues to flood the channels … their incentives are a reminder that AQ remains committed to harming America, âKatz added.
Katz was referring to pro-Al-Qaeda magazine Manhattan Wolves, a affiliate magazine with the jihadist group Jaysh al-Malahim. The group is part of a larger terrorist enterprise called Guardians of religion, which was established in Syria and supported by Al Qaeda.
News week has contacted SITE Intelligence Group for comment, but has not received a response at time of publication.
This is not the first time that intentions to attack the United States have been expressed in magazines supporting Al Qaeda. ABC reported in July that the English-language magazine Inspire, which targets radicals and is known to encourage acts of terror, called for violent attacks on the United States by lone wolf terrorists and individual jihadists.
Trump administration official warned of a resurgence of Al Qaeda now that the Taliban have taken control of Afghanistan, following the recent US troop withdrawal that ended longest war the United States.
“I think Al Qaeda has an opportunity, and they are going to take this opportunity,” said Chris Costa, senior counterterrorism director for former President Donald Trump, according to an Associated Press report. last month. “It is a galvanizing event for jihadists around the world.”
While it is not clear whether Al Qaeda is capable of staging another attack, the UN Security Council published a report in May stating that the group’s senior leadership and hundreds of fighters are still present in Afghanistan and have long had good ties with the Taliban.
âRelations between the Taliban, in particular the Haqqani network (TAe.012), and Al-Qaida remain close, based on friendship, a history of shared struggle, ideological sympathy and intermarriage. The Taliban regularly consulted Al-Qaida during negotiations with the United States and offered guarantees that it would honor their historic ties, “the UN report said.
In August, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby confirmed that al Qaeda is still present in Afghanistan, but it is difficult to confirm how many of them are there due to reduced intelligence gathering capacity. in the country and “because it’s not like they’re carrying ID cards and checking in somewhere.”