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Al-Qaida leader urges U.S. attacks

on September 13, 2013 10:10 AM

CAIRO (AP) — Al-Qaida’s leader marked the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks by calling on Muslims to strike inside the United States, using any opportunity they can to “bleed” America financially.

In an audio message released a day after the 12th anniversary of the attacks, Ayman al-Zawahri claimed America is not a “mythical power” and that the mujahedeen — Islamic holy warriors — can defeat it with attacks “on its own soil.”

He says al-Qaida fighters should stage small attacks or a “big strike,” similar to the Sept. 11 attacks in New York and Washington, leaving America in “a state of tension” about when and where the next hit would come.

The message’s authenticity could not be independently confirmed. It was posted on a militant website commonly used by al-Qaida.

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