Al-Qaeda released a Sept. 11 anniversary video declaring the United States is at war with Islam and that American Muslims should prepare for a “holocaust,” U.S. monitors said Wednesday.
The video, which features al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, as well as its American spokesman Adam Gadahn, is entitled “Truth has Come and Falsehood has Perished” and was posted on jihadist forums, according to SITE and IntelCenter.
According to a SITE transcript, Gadahn rejected President Barack Obama’s assertion that the United States is not at war with Islam because “America is crystal-clear about its opposition to Islam as a political system,” AFP reported.
“Today, American Muslims are being killed in Yemen, tomorrow they’re going to be killed (by the U.S. government) in New York and Los Angeles. Get ready for the holocaust,” he said, referring to U.S. drone strikes.
The video also argues that the United States is facing defeat on various battlefronts, according to the monitors.
It comes a day after Zawahiri issued a video confirming for the first time the death of his deputy, Abu Yahya al-Libi, who was killed in a drone strike in June.
Zawahiri, a former eye surgeon, took charge of the terrorist group following the death of Osama bin Laden, who was killed by U.S. special forces in May 2011.