The amir (leader) of Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Abu Basir Nasir al-Wihayshi, has issued a new audio message to the "beloved amir," Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, the new amir of Al-Qa'ida Central (AQC). Al-Wihayshi gives bay'a to al-Zawahiri. AQAP is the second AQC affiliate to do so. The first was Al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), via a member of its shura council, Abu 'Ubayda Yusuf al-'Anabi, in an audio message released in early July.
Al-Wihayshi criticizes the region's tyrants and promises to "defend the oppressed" in the Muslim and Arab lands. He also promises to "free the holy places."
The audio message can be downloaded via these non-militant URLs:
The password to unpack the file is: Edhd089JkhsdiQWEMncjhs