The leader of al-Qaeda called for more terror attacks to take place against the United States on the anniversary of 9/11.
Ayman al-Zawahiri declared that Muslims around the world must declare war against the United States, as he claimed the country was a religious enemy of Islam.
In his 30-minute speech presented directly to camera, al-Zawahiri used Trump’s decision to move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as justification to carry out more attacks.
Ayman al-Zawahiri used a 30-minute address to camera to call on more terror attacks against the United States
Al-Zawahiri has taken over the reigns of the terror cell following the death of Osama Bin-Laden at the hands of US special forces in 2011. Pictured: The two terror leaders in May 1998
In the footage, al-Zawahiri says: ‘America (is) the number one enemy of Muslims … despite its professed secularism.’
He listed 14 directives to fight the United States, including an appeal for Muslim unity and jihadists to close ranks.
Al-Zawahiri’s call to arms came on the 17th anniversary of September 11 attacks, where nearly 3,000 people died.
Al-Zawahiri has previously cited the US embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as a reason to declare war on America.
In May, he said ‘appeasement’ with the US had failed and urged Muslims to conduct attacks on the US.
Al-Zawahiri has taken over the reigns of the terror cell following the death of Osama Bin Laden at the hands of US special forces in 2011.
Al-Zawahiri’s (right) call to arms came on the 17th anniversary of September 11 attacks, where nearly 3,000 people died. Left: Osama Bin Laden
Bin Laden is regarded as the mastermind behind the attack against the US 17 years ago, where two planes flew into and destroyed the Twin Towers in New York.
He cited US support of Israel, the presences of American troops in Saudi Arabia and sanctions against Iraq as motives to start what eventually triggered the ‘war on terror’.
On Tuesday, Donald Trump paid tribute to the ‘heroes’ who fought back against hijackers on 9/11, vowing America would never flinch in the face of evil.
He added: ‘As commander-in-chief, I will always do everything in my power to prevent terrorists from striking American soil.’
Bin Laden is widely regarded as the mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks, which took place 17 years ago