In what appears to be a new strategy of Al Qaeda the alleged Chief of the organization, Ayman al-Zawahiri has appeared in an audio interview urging fighters to take Western hostages and exchange them for jailed jihadists.

Reuters is reporting that a recording posted online, Al-Zawahiri called on the global militant network to kidnap Westerners “until they liberate the last Muslim male prisoner and last Muslim female prisoner in the prisons of the Crusaders, apostates, and enemies of Islam,”.