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Al Qaeda chief urges lone wolf attacks in U.S., West

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 01:08

Ayman al-Zawahri calls on young Muslim men in the West to focus on ''moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities'' of the West and the U.S. in particular. Mana Rabiee reports.

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+++ RESENDING VIDEO AND SCRIPT TO RREP TO INCLUDE ACCESS ALL VIDEO +++ In a new audio message released online, Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri calls on young Muslim men in the West to follow the example of other lone wolf-styled attackers .... ... like the Boston Marathon bombers and the men behind the Charlie Ebdo attacks in Paris. 'I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to hesitate,' he says, referring to countries that make up the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria. 'We must now focus on moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities of the crusader West and specifically America', he goes on to say. It's not clear when the recording was made. But because Al-Zawahri mentions the late Taliban leader Mullah Mohamed Omar -- whose death was announced in late July -- the message could be at least two months old. In his latest message, Zawahri, a former Egyptian doctor -- seen here with Osama bin Laden in undated video -- also reiterated his position on Islamic State .... He said the group's claim to be a caliphate was illegitimate but that he would join them in fighting Western and secular forces in Iraq and Syria.

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Al Qaeda chief urges lone wolf attacks in U.S., West

Sunday, September 13, 2015 - 01:08