In an audio tape released to jihadi forums the day after 9/11, al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri laid out a strategy for future attacks. Zawahiri called for ‘a few of the brothers’ to commit small-scale, ‘sporadic blows’ in America. These types of attacks would “keep the U.S. in a constant state of heightened security,” he reasoned, which would in turn have a deleterious effect on the U.S. economy—a strategy al Qaeda has pursued for quite some time.

“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,” he said.

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