Al Qaeda leader threatens to attack US ‘like it did on 9/11’ in bid to stop Gaza attack

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Al Qaeda leader threatens to attack US ‘like it did on 9/11’ in bid to stop Gaza attack

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Oliver Trapnell

By Oliver Trapnell

Published: 29/10/2023

- 16:03

Updated: 29/10/2023

- 17:34

The message comes in a bid to prevent further aggression in the Gaza Strip

A top leader in the terrorist group Al-Qaeda has issued a chilling warning to Joe Biden as he threatened to attack the US “like on September 11”.

Khalid Batafari, leader of Al-Qaeda in the Arab Peninsula (AQAP), called on Muslims across the world to kill Jewish people as he demanded a stop to US aggression in the Gaza Strip.

Batafari also called for the killing of US and UK nationals across the globe.

Posting to Telegram, the terrorist leader called on militants to get ready for the next battles and warned the “Israel-Hamas conflict is just the start”.

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“All security officials, including the head of army intelligence and the head of the Shin Bet [internal security service], estimated that Hamas was deterred,” Netanyahu wrote on social media.

He later deleted the original post and issued an apology which was posted on Sunday morning.

“I made a mistake,” Netanyahu said.

“The things I said after the press conference should not have been said and I apologise for them.”


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The AQAP leader also praised Hamas and said he “hopes it will inspire youth generations to conduct further attacks”.

Batarfi also reportedly criticised the role played by Hezbollah in supporting Palestinian militants, claiming the group's attacks on Israel were “not good enough”.

In the latest update from the border with Lebanon, the IDF said that 10 rockets were launched in the latest barrage, in what amounts to a serious escalation in the exchanges of fire over the Lebanese border with Israel.

The Israeli military said it was attacking suspected launch sites in southern Lebanon.

Sources report the rockets were launched by a Palestinian faction, given permission to mount attacks from Lebanese soil by the Hezbollah terror group.

During one of the attacks, a house in the border town of Kiryat Shmona was struck and badly damaged. There are no reports of injuries.

Many communities along the border with Lebanon were told to evacuate over the past week, although some residents remain.

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