September 16, 2013
The Navy Yard shooting in Washington, D.C., follows a call by al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri on Friday for attacks inside America.
“As we defeated it in the gang warfare in Somalia, Yemen, Iraq and Afghanistan, so we should follow it with… war on its own land. These disparate strikes can be done by one brother or a few of the brothers,” said al-Zawahri, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, a government intelligence contractor run by Rita Katz, the daughter of an executed Israeli spy.
Al-Zawahri said Muslims should exploit opportunities to stage small attacks or a “big strike” against the United States.
It has not been determined as of this writing if the shooters at the Navy Yard in Washington are in fact Muslims acting under the direction of al-Qaeda or inspired by the video produced by Ayman al-Zawahri.