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Zawahiri increased outreach to al-Qaida supporters with video and audio messages: UN report


UN: A recent United Nations report stated that the core of al-Qaida leader Below Ayman al-Zawahiri is believed to be still in Afghanistan, and the terrorist group’s leader has increased his outreach al-Qaida supporters with some video and audio messages.
US President Joe Biden on Monday announced that al-Zawahiri, who took the helm of al-Qaida, after killing Osama bin Laden 11 years ago, was killed in an American drone strike carried out on Saturday night (New York time) on a house in Kabul.
The 30th report of the Monitoring Group in Support of Analysis and Sanctions submitted under resolution 2610 (in 2021) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), al-Qaida and related individuals and entities, was announced last month that the terrorist group’s leader reportedly plays an advisory role with Talibanand the groups remain close.
It said al-Zawahiri had increased outreach to al-Qaida supporters with a number of video and audio messages, “including his own statement promising that al-Qaida was equipped to compete.” with ISIL, in a bid to be recognized once again as the leader of a global movement.”
The 13th report of the Monitoring Group in Support of Analysis and Sanctions filed under resolution 2611 (in 2021) concerns the Taliban and other related individuals and entities that constitute a threat to stability. Afghanistan’s peace and security decree, published in May, noted that the core of al-Qaida leadership under al-Zawahiri is believed to have remained in Afghanistan, more specifically the eastern region from Zabul province about north to Kunar and along the border with Pakistan.
It said that since August 2021, al-Zawahiri has appeared in eight videos.
Referring to the hijab in India, the report said that in the most recent video about al-Zawahiri, released on April 5 by al-Qaida’s As-Sahab Media Foundation, al-Zawahiri “addressed refers to the defiance of an Indian Muslim woman standing in front of a male protesting the hijab, an event that went viral as early as February 2022.”
“The video provided the first real evidence of al-Zawahiri’s life in recent years. The recent speed of communication suggests that he can lead more effectively than he could have before the Taliban took over Afghanistan,” it said.
‘The 12th report of the Monitoring Group Supporting Analysis and Sanctions submitted under resolution 2557 (2020) concerns the Taliban and other related individuals and entities that constitute a threat to the peace, stability and security of Afghanistan’, published last June, said that “a substantial portion of al-Qaida leadership resides in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, including the group’s leader. al-Zawahiri, who may be alive but is too weak for propaganda.”
The report states that the al-Qaida leader “is believed to be somewhere on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. Previous reports of his death due to ill health have not been confirmed. A Member State reports that he may be alive but is too frail to be featured in propaganda.”





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