Thursday, November 5, 2009

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula Claims Hadramaut Ambush, Assassination of Top Regional Security Officials

Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi, Amir [leader] of the al-Qa'ida Organization in the Arabian Peninsula

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a regional affiliate of al-Qa'ida Central based in Yemen, have issued a statement today claiming Tuesday's (Nov. 3) ambush in the eastern region of Hadramaut that killed at five people, including three senior security officials. The statement, issued in the name of the Battalion of the Leader 'Abdullah Batis (Baa-tees), identifies the three as Hadramaut's director of security ('Ali Salim al-'Amari), director of security in Sa'yyun (Ahmad Bawazir), and the head of criminal investigations in al-Qatn (Salah Salim bin Bakawir). The identities, taken from the Yemen government newspaper al-Thawrah (The Revolution), and more details can be found at Waq al-Waq, the blog of doctoral student Gregory Johnsen and journalist Brian O'Neill.

Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi, sometimes transliterated "Abu Baseer Nasir al-Wuhayshi" or "Abu Basir Nasir al-Wahayshi"

The statement seems to confirm promises of more assassinations by AQAP that were made in the recently published issue (#11) of the group's cyber magazine, Sada al-Malahim (Echo of Epic Battles), but stayed tuned to Waq al-Waq for more details. The AQAP statement says that the ambush was carried out for "our brothers imprisoned in Hadramaut and San'a (Sana'a)." The operation, the statement says, targeted "those who seek to harm the mujahideen [warriors of faith]."

Hadramaut Ambush...يتبنى كمين موفق على موكب لكبار المسئولين الأمنيين بولاية حضرموت (Nov. 5)
AQAP Statement on Hadramaut Ambush

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