In the first speech, he threatens to attack France and teach it a lesson due to its involvement in the internal affairs of North Africa and the Sahel region. In the video, al-Zawahiri calls on Muslims in North Africa to attack the French in the Sahel region, and to continue the way of their fathers who fought against other colonial invaders throughout history. In addition, he calls on Muslim nations to continue their activities against the tyrannical regimes as they did during the Arab Spring.
In the second speech, Ayman al-Zawahiri refers to the East Africa region as an area that Islam has reached throughout history thanks to publicity and dawah. According to him, Muslims in East Africa and Egypt were able to join forces against the Crusader enemy because they were loyal to the Ottoman Empire. However, as he sees it today, Muslims in East Africa are unable to defend their territory due to several factors, including: the blurring of the obligation to wage defensive jihad against the invading infidel due to the passivity preached by the Sufi movement. According to him, the Sufi movement is largely responsible for the weakening of Muslims, and is nurtured by the West and Ethiopia because it is perceived as an ally that could help weaken Islam. Political corruption, internal conflicts and the pursuit of forbidden money led to the destruction of the concept of jihad. In addition, al-Zawahiri accuses Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State, of trying to undermine the unity among the ranks of Muslims and the mujahideen, and to destroy Osama bin Laden's enterprise.
In the third speech, Ayman al-Zawahiri emphasizes that the United States continues to be considered the primary enemy of Muslims and Islam due to, among other things, its war in Afghanistan, its defense of Israel, its betrayal of the Palestinians, its leadership of the Crusader campaign against Muslim lands, etc. In addition, he condemns Trump's declaration that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel. He stresses that no grain of Palestinian land should be abandoned, nor should other lands formerly under Muslim rule, such as the Philippines. In his view, the Muslim Nation must fight the United States and wage jihad against it everywhere in the world, just as the US is fighting against Muslims everywhere.
This article is part of the RED-Alert project, funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation Programme under grant agreement No 740688.