September 11 attacks
Osama son of Laden, known in Arabic as Osama bin (بن, son of) Laden, claimed responsibility for the attacks in a videotaped message four days prior to the US presidential election in 2004. In an apparent bid to influence governmental policy, Osama said in his message: 'Each state that does not meddle with our security has naturally guaranteed its own security.' Osama started planning his attacks because he saw apartment towers being bombed by Israel in its invasion of Lebanon in 1982, which he believes the US supported. He said: 'While I was looking at these destroyed towers in Lebanon, it sparked in my mind that the tyrant should be punished with the same and that we should destroy towers in America, so that it tastes what we taste and would be deterred from killing our children and women.'
Al Qaeda has also made it clear that it has an anti-white agenda. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula chided now-dead Orlando nightclub shooter Omar Mateen, who mowed down forty-nine people in a Latino nightclub, for not setting his sights specifically on white people. Al Qaeda fears the federal government will take 'full responsibility' if minorities are targeted rather than whites and has therefore asked people to attack Americans that are in the majority community instead, because it perceives them as being in positions of power.
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