Al Qaeda Calls for Attacks in U.S.

    FILE - This file image from video the AP obtained Feb. 12, 2012, from the SITE Intel Group, an American private terrorist threat analysis company, authenticated based on details in it, shows al-Qaida's leader Ayman al-Zawahri in a web posting by al-Qaida's media arm, as-Sahab, calling on Muslims across the Arab world and beyond to support rebels in Syria who are seeking to overthrow President Bashar Assad. Al-Zawahri marked the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks by calling on Muslims to strike inside the United States, using any opportunity they can to "bleed" America financially, speaking in an audio message released Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/SITE Intel Group, File)

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    Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri is calling for small-scale attacks inside the U.S. A few attacks “here and there” would “bleed America economically by provoking it to continue in its massive expenditure on its security,” he said in a speech released online a day after the September 11 anniversary. Meanwhile in Afghanistan, U.S. and Afghan forces defended the American Consulate against an attack by Taliban insurgents in the usually peaceful city of Herat. Two Afghan police and one guard along with seven of the insurgents were killed in the attack, which started in the early morning with at least one suicide bomb that breached the perimeter and led to a gunfight.

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