On October 6, 2021, Al-Malahem, the media arm of the Yemen-based Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), released a video featuring its senior official, Sudanese national and former Guantanamo detainee Ibrahim Al-Qousi, aka Khubayb Al-Sudani, who congratulated the Taliban for taking over Afghanistan and threatened the U.S. with attacks more painful than 9/11.
“O Americans, even if you eliminate the last man in al-Qaeda and smash it, do not think that you will enjoy peace and security, as former U.S. President Bush had claimed. O Americans, your security is still at risk as long a you fight Islam and Muslims under different names, including ‘counterterrorism.’ O Americans, let it be known to you that the mujahideen today are not limited to borders, and that they can move from any part of the world to execute what they wish to deter your oppression.”
“Every Muslim on the face of the earth is in fact an enterprising mujahid. The closest examples to you are what the mujahid hero Muhammad al-Shamrani, may Allah have mercy on him, and the mujahid hero Nidal Hasan, may Allah free him and heal him, did, when they hit you in your own backyard, even from within your bases. Upcoming operations by the mujahideen do not necessarily have to be a carbon copy of the 11th September operations, as they have many alternatives, and perhaps they will be more powerful, painful, and heartbreaking than those.”