Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called for attacks in America to “bleed” the country’s economy.
He has released an online audio speech, in which he says small-scale strikes would trigger big spending on security.
“Keeping the US in a state of tension
an anticipation only requires a few
attacks here and there,” Zawahri said in the message.
“As we defeated it in guerrilla warfare
in Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and
Afghanistan, so we should follow it
with a war on its own land.
“These strikes can be done by one
brother or a few of the brothers.”
The message was released a day after Americans marked the 12th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks – which triggered a global fight against
al-Qaeda extremists and their affiliates.
Zawahri also called for Muslims to boycott goods from the US and its allies – and to abandon the dollar.