Al Qaeda has released a 35-minute video that the group claims was narrated by its leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, who was reported to have been killed in a strike by the United States earlier this year, the SITE intelligence group stated on Friday. The recording is said to be undated and the transcript did not clearly point towards a time frame for when the video could have been recorded.
Zawahiri – a key 9/11 plotter who had been in hiding for years – was reported to have been killed on the morning of July 31 in a US drone strike in Kabul, Afghanistan. It was considered the biggest raid on the terrorist organization since the killing of its founder Osama bin Laden in 2011.
Both Bin Laden and Zawahiri were wanted by the United States for their roles in the 1998 United States embassy bombings, as well as the September 11 attacks.