"The Martyr, 'Abdullah al-'Asiri" (bottom right) in front of a video still of the late Saudi AQAP leader 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Muqrin, who was killed by Saudi security forces in June 2004.
An English translation of an audio message, "Why, Muhammad bin Nayyif?," from an al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader, Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, has been released as a "gift" for the new Islamic year (based on Islam's lunar calendar). The original was released on September 15. Al-Rubaysh addressed the Saudi prince Muhammad bin Nayyif bin 'Abd al-'Aziz al-Sa'ud, deputy interior minister of the kingdom, who narrowly escaped assassination by a kamikaze bomber, 'Abdullah Hasan 'Asiri, sent by AQAP. 'Asiri was pretending to surrender and enter the kingdom's "rehabilitation" program for former jihadis.
Al-Rubaysh, a Saudi, is a former inmate at the United States prison complex at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He is a member of AQAP's shari'a council and has been in featured in a number of media releases from the organization.
From left: AQAP's Amir, Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi, 'Abdullah Hassan 'Asiri, the attempted assassin of Prince Muhammad bin Nayyif, and AQAP leader Abu Sufyan al-'Azdi al-Shihri.
AQAP is an affiliate of al-Qa'ida Central (AQC) but is an independent organization. The former's base of support was originally in Saudi Arabia but it was heavily damaged in a war with security forces between 2003 and 2005. Most of AQAP's original leadership cadre was killed in the fighting. The organization regrouped in Yemen under the leadership of Abu Basir Nasir al-Wuhayshi, Abu Hurayrah Qasim al-Raymi, Abu Sufyan al-'Azdi al-Shihri (a former inmate athe U.S. Guantanamo Bay prison), and several other Saudi and Yemeni jihadis.
Why Muhammad Bin Nayyif (English) Dec. 19
Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, "Why, Muhammad bin Nayyif?"