Qatari sociologist Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Al-Khazraj Al-Ansari said in a video posted to his YouTube channel on August 2, 2022 that the recent U.S. assassination of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-Zawahiri was a crime, and he prayed that Allah admit Al-Zawahiri into Paradise. He questioned why Al-Zawahiri and his predecessor, Osama Bin Laden, had not been captured and tried, suggesting that they were innocent, and he said that even though he supports Al-Qaeda, he believes that most of the videos of Bin Laden that had been aired by Al-Jazeera Network had been "Hollywood-style fabrications". In addition, he said: "May Allah take revenge upon [the Americans] and bring about their end soon."
Dr. Abd Al-Aziz Al-Khazraj Al-Ansari: "The [recent U.S.] killing of [Al-Qaeda leader] Ayman Al-Zawahiri, is a crime. May Allah absolve his sins, have mercy upon him, and admit him into Paradise. Whether you support or oppose Al-Qaeda is not the issue here, but pay attention to what I am about to say! Shouldn't they place him on trial before killing him? Why didn't they capture him and place him on trial? Couldn't it be that he is innocent?
"I am telling you that Ayman Al-Zawahiri may have been innocent. Osama Bin Laden may have been innocent. We have no way of knowing. We saw nothing but video recordings. Even though I am one of [Al-Qaeda's] supporters, I am telling you that all the messages by Osama Bin Laden that had been aired on Al-Jazeera were, in my view, Hollywood-style fabrications. Most of them were.
"We are living in the era of the cowboy. May Allah take revenge upon [the Americans], and bring about their end soon. They treat people like cowboys do. They treat countries like cowboys do. Indeed, they are cowboys. They were highway robbers and cowboys and they killed over 100,000 Indians... Sorry, more than 100 million of them!"