SUPPORT for al-Qaida is on the rise in some of America’s largest cities, a new report has found.
The phenomena is reportedly being driven by disaffected African-Americans being converted to the ideology.
Experts say Islamist extremism is growing in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia and even in states such as California and Texas.
Worshippers have reportedly been asked to make donations to support fighters in Saudi Arabia and Yemen.
A spokesman for the Clarion Project, which commissioned the research, said: “Al-Qaida is respected because it knows how to deliver its message using Islamic literature.
“Many inner-city Muslims don’t like the American government [and] they hold it responsible for social issues they face, including poverty, drugs and alcohol. ”
“It justifies criminal activity and terror using Koranic verses about fighting the enemies of God.
“They cited the example of Osama bin Laden, who used the Muslim holy book to justify killing Americans anywhere.
“Many inner-city Muslims don’t like the American government [and] they hold it responsible for social issues they face, including poverty, drugs and alcohol.
“When al-Qaida publishes messages about bringing down the American government, it strikes a chord with some residents.”
Last month Daily Star Online revealed how the new leader of al-Qaida, Ayman al-Zawahiri called on Muslims across the world to fight Americans in a video published online on the 17th anniversary of 9/11.
In the 30-minute video, titled “How do we face America?,” Zawahiri, who replaced Osama bin Laden at the head of the terrorist group after his assassination in 2011, portrayed the United States as a religious enemy of Muslims.
He said: “Seventeen years have passed since [former US President George W.] Bush launched his crusader war against Muslims, a war linked with the historical enmity directed towards Islam from its dawn to this very day.”
Al-Qieda, which lost the spotlight after the chilling expansion of its top rival, ISIS, in 2014, has been rebuilding ever since.