Al Qaeda’s No. 2 leader appeared in a new video Friday calling on Americans to embrace Islam to overcome the financial meltdown, which he described as a consequence of the Sept. 11 attacks.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, whose 80-minute recording touched on a multitude of subjects, also lashed out at Afghanistan’s government and said any U.S. gains in Iraq will be temporary.
Zawahiri’s new recording came in the form of a question-and-answer session with an off-camera interviewer, who interrupted Zawahiri several times.
Appearing in his white turban and robe, Zawahri discussed the roots of the U.S. economic crisis and said it was a repercussion of the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States.
“The American economy was afflicted by a downturn and loss of investor confidence in the market following the events of Sept. 11,” he said.