Saturday, March 26, 2011

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's New Video "Victorious, O' Ahl al-Sunna" Documents Attacks on the Houthi Movement

Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula's (AQAP) Al-Malahem (Epics) Media Foundation released its newest video, "Victorious O' Ahl al-Sunna," yesterday. The video documents AQAP's attacks on the Zaydi Shi'i Houthi movement in the northern Sa'dah region of Yemen. In early December AQAP released a statement claiming to have been responsible for the death of Badr al-Din al-Houthi, the elderly spiritual leader of the movement and father of its current leader, 'Abd al-Malik al-Houthi, which I wrote about previously (see previous hyperlink). AQAP leaders, such as deputy amir (leader) Abu Sufyan al-Azdi Sa'id al-Shihri (who is featured in the video), allege that the Houthis are really Twelver Shi'is and not Zaydis. Members of AQAP call the Houthis "Rafidah," or "rejectionists" who have rejected the "true Islam."

AQAP deputy leader Sa'id al-Shihri, a former prisoner at the U.S. military Guantanamo military base

The video may be downloaded via these NON-militant URLs, provided for academic and research purposes.

The password to unpack the file is: sdHdh7GftFdr5DfVg6F8h

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