Written By: FA ME
on Sept 11th which marks the anniversary of 9/11 attacks, the leader of Al-Qaeda terrorist organization “Al-Thawahiri”, whose is also mistakenly called “Al-Zawahiri” using the Egyptian form of the name, has announced or called for the lone-wolf attacks on U.S., as many news agencies have reported the news of this call taking it from an audio message he delivered to his followers around the globe.
This call comes after another call he announced back in August, when he called for attacks against U.S. interest in response to its military engagement in the “Muslim” world and its drone attacks in Pakistan and Yemen. Actually this call came to revenge the death of “Abu Sufyan Al-Azdi” who is Al-Qaeda leader in Arab Peninsula.
the lone-wolf attacks are one form of attacks carried by individuals who are not affiliated to Al-Qaeda, but very influenced by this ideology, such attacks happened in Boston during the Boston Marathon, which are believed to be an individual act of terrorism.
Generally, Al-Qaeda’s calls to carry attacks come in a form of retaliation to either an incident in the Arab world, which upsets islamists and fundamental Muslims, or in response to killing Al-Qaeda leader somewhere in the world. Al-Thawahiri’s call for lone-wolf attacks against U.S. seems to be unusual, because there is no such incident around the Arab or “Muslim” world. on the contrary, recent news and reports are in favor of Al-Qaeda’s operations especially in hot war zones, such as Syria represented in AlNusra Front, and in Iraq represented in different Al-Qaeda affiliates, or in Egypt represented in Muslim Brotherhood and Jihadist groups in Sinai. Even though this call comes in a critical time (9/11), which marks the anniversary of the attacks on NY Trade Centers, and Pentagon, but it seems to be a diverted message to somewhere else, to carry on different mission.
“The Boston incident confirms to the Americans … that they are not facing individuals, organizations or groups, but they are facing an uprising Ummah (Muslim community), that rose in jihad to defend its soul, dignity and capabilities,” he said.
“What the American regime refuses to admit is that al-Qaeda is a message before it was an organization.”
This was Al-Thawahiri praising the Boston Marathon Bombings, but the last line of his message is what I mean by diverted message – even though it’s unusual for a leader to compromise the ability of his organization to be only a message, unless it meant something else!
The terrorist leaders are famous of indicating their orders in forms of poetry or Quranic verses that they recite, something that the recent audio message of Al-Thawahiri lacks. But that doesn’t undermine the threat, and must all be alert to any danger that surrounding us.