Ayman al Zawahiri has sworn allegiance to the Taliban’s new leader
Al Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri has sworn allegiance to the Taliban’s new emir, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada. Zawahiri’s oath of allegiance is included in a newly-released, 14-minute message from As Sahab, al Qaeda’s propaganda arm. The message was released Saturday.
Zawahiri’s oath is delivered via an audio address. Other footage, including two scenes of Osama bin Laden, are included as well.
Zawahiri emphasizes that his oath to Mullah Haibatullah is the same “approach” bin Laden adopted when he swore his own fealty to Mullah Omar prior to Sept. 11, 2001.