Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is still in Pakistan, a Pentagon official said today, following the release of a video in which Osama bin Laden's successor blasts the United States.
"We have no information to indicate that he is anywhere else than in Pakistan," Pentagon spokesman George Little said.
Zawahiri, a veteran Egyptian militant and long-time Al-Qaeda number two, took over the jihadist network after bin Laden was killed in a clandestine raid by US Navy commandos in Pakistan on May 2.
Like his slain Saudi-born co-conspirator, Zawahiri has been in hiding since the United States declared a "war on terror" after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and invaded Afghanistan whose Taliban leaders had harbored bin Laden.
Zawahiri -- in the 62-minute video entitled "The Dawn of Imminent Victory," and which featured a speech by bin Laden -- said he was praying this year's Arab Spring would be followed by a "gloomy, bitter-cold American winter."
"The popular revolutions, he stated, are a form of defeat for the United States, just as the 9/11 attacks and its alleged lack of success in Afghanistan and Iraq were also defeats," the US monitoring service SITE said.
Zawahiri was only shown in a still picture in the video, which was released by Al-Qaeda's media arm, as-Sahab, and posted on jihadist websites on Monday.
The Pentagon said the footage of bin Laden in the video appeared to be the same material found in the US raid on his Pakistan hideout in May, which Washington released but without its soundtrack.
Al-Qaeda Leader Zawahiri in Pakistan: Pentagon
THE LATEST ISSUE
- Coronavirus Live Updates: India's Case Count Nears 700 As Lockdown Enters Day 3
- US Has Now Most Positive Coronavirus Cases In World; Overtakes China, Italy
- Working Together With G20 Countries Against Coronavirus Pandemic: Trump
- Kabul Gurdwara Attack: A Pakistani Attempt To Rupture Strong Indo-Afghan Ties
- Coronavirus Pandemic Raises Serious Questions About China's Conduct
- Dipak Misra Was Reviled As CJI But Ranjan Gogoi Beguiled His Way To Power
- Taking Up Hijab Against Coronavirus
- Seemingly Happiest People Often Suffer From Depression
- Blog | Not Music Or Art, But It's 'Fear' That Binds Us Together
- Restructuring Indian Railways’ Cadres: Is The Proposal Good For The Nation?
- In Chasing Away Maoists, Odisha's Malkangiri Village Delivers Telling Message This R-Day
- Coronavirus: Athletes Qualified For 2020 Olympics Will Keep 2021 Spots – REPORT
- UP Cops Make People Hop With Bags During Coronavirus Lockdown
- Coronavirus: India Extends Ban On International Flights Till April 14
- Harassment Of Workers Threatens Production Of COVID-19 Test Kits
- Panic-Buying Can Lead To Lack Of Essential Items During Lockdown
- Coronavirus: A James Bond-Inspired Mobile App Helping TN Authorities
- Rs 50 Lakh Insurance Cover For Doctors, Healthcare Workers Fighting COVID-19
- Ronaldo Criticised For 'Taking Pictures By The Pool' During Pandemic