On September 9, 2016, Al-Qaeda's media wing Al-Sahab released a video message by the group's leader, Ayman Al-Zawahiri, marking the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Al-Zawahiri reiterates the reasons behind the attacks and their impact on the U.S., and urges the mujahideen to focus on targeting the U.S. and its allies and to bring the battle onto Western soil. "As long as your crimes continue, the events of 9/11 will be repeated thousands of times, Allah willing," he says. Appealing to non-Muslim African-Americans, he blames their woes on the U.S. and calls to them to convert to Islam.
Following are excerpts
Ayman Al-Zawahiri: "These days we are marking 15 years since the blessed raids in Washington, New York, and Pennsylvania. These blessed raids brought death upon the military leadership of the false idol of this age, and pulverized one of its greatest economic symbols. The fourth group of martyrdom-seeking eagles was heading toward the greatest criminals in the White House or the Congress."
"Our message to the Americans is as clear as the sun and as sharp as a sword: The events of 9/11 are a direct result of your crimes against us - your crimes in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Mali, Somalia, Yemen, the Islamic Maghreb, and Egypt. They are a result of your occupation of the Muslim lands, your plundering of their resources, and your support for the murderous corrupt criminals, who rule over them. As long as your crimes continue, the events of 9/11 will be repeated thousands of times, Allah willing. We shall follow you - if you do not cease your aggression - until Judgment Day, Allah willing. No matter how much you deceive yourselves, the facts will remain stronger, brighter, and clearer than your deception. The power of the mujahideen is increasing day by day. The Jihadi awakening is growing, thanks to Allah, and it is now many times greater than it was before the blessed raids. The mujahideen are fighting you today from West Africa to eastern Indonesia. Allah has blessed the Islamic nation, its mujahideen in general, and Al-Qaeda in particular. He has honored it by granting it revenge for the Prophet Muhammad, and has forced the lowlifes in France and Bangladesh who affronted his honor to pledge to refrain from repeating their crimes. If they return [to their deeds], we will return [to ours], thanks to Allah."
"Oh our Islamic nation, the agents of America have stolen the sacrifices of your revolutions through movements that purport to belong to Islam, movements that led you to your slaughter, like prey to predatory wolves, because they were raised as sheep, and they raised their followers to be sheep. Sheep were not created to fight wolves, but wolves are slain by lions."
"Oh you agents of America, its soldiers, and its followers, our war with you is a long one. Our focus on the head of the serpent will not divert us from you. But only level-headed men fare well in war. We have learned from our jurisprudents that apostates are greater criminals than infidels. We have learned from our shari'a that the call of Islam is not intended for Muslims alone, but for the human race in its entirety. To all the oppressed people in the world, we say that America is the source of calamity and the head of evil in this world. It is the thief of the sustenance of nations, and it is the one that to this day, humiliates the African [Americans] there. No matter how much they try to achieve reform and gain their rights, in accordance with the law and the [US] constitution, they will not succeed, because the law is in the hands of the white majority, who control it as they wish. The [African Americans] will be saved by Islam alone."