A senior Al Qaeda leader and former Guantanamo detainee in Yemen has called for renewed attacks on the U.S. just days before Americans prepare to vote for a new president.
“We pledge and vow to continue fighting America. Hitting, confronting and striking until it falls back behind the seas. None is upon us except by the will of Allah,” Ibrahim Al Qosi, a convicted Al Qaeda paymaster said in a speech entitled “15 years since the takeoff of the modern crusade.”
The Foreign Desk has obtained a transcript of Al Qosi’s speech.
Al Qosi advises followers to “concentrate your military expedition towards the crusaders and its apostate agents,” calling for renewed attacks against the U.S. while criticizing the Obama administration’s inaction in Syria that has allowed Russia and Iran to take a leading role in the conflict.
Al Qosi, 54, also know as Sheikh Khubayb al Sudani, is a Sudanese citizen who was detained by the U.S. in Afghanistan in 2001 and served a short prison sentence after admitting support for Al Qaeda.
He was transferred to Sudan in 2012 as part of a deal to rehabilitate former terror detainees, but in 2015, he resurfaced in Yemen reportedly as a leader with the Ansar al-Sharia terror group, more commonly known as Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).