DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Al-Qaida
leader Ayman al-Zawahiri urged small-scale attacks inside the United
States to "bleed America economically," adding he hoped eventually to
see a more significant strike, according to the SITE monitoring
In an audio speech released online a day after the 12th
anniversary of the 9/11 strikes, Zawahiri said attacks "by one brother
or a few of the brothers" would weaken the U.S. economy
by triggering big spending on security, SITE reported.
Western counter-terrorism chiefs have warned that radicalized "lone
wolves" who might have had no direct contact with al-Qaida posed as
great a risk as those who carried out complex plots like the 9/11
"We should bleed America economically by provoking it to continue
in its massive expenditure on its security, for the weak point of
America is its economy, which has already begun to stagger due to the
military and security expenditure," Zawahiri said.
Keeping America in such a state of tension and anticipation only required a few disparate attacks "here and there," he said