Yemen

The Global Islamic Media Front, al-Qaeda’s official media group, has recently released a translation of a speech in support of Anwar al-Awlaki.  Originally produced by al-Malahem media, which is the media wing of Yemen’s al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), its target audience is Americans and the West.

The New York Times has reported that al-Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who has been promoted in the UK since 2003, has now admitted that he met with Detroit bomber Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab last fall.

I’ve got the latest statement here from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) celebrating their first anniversary, before which its local chapters in Saudi Arabia and Yemen operated entirely independently.

I’ve recently obtained a statement from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) claiming responsibility for the abortive terrorist attack on Delta airlines last week. I’m replicating the statement below for readers of this blog, interspersed with my own commentary.

Peter Neumann from the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation (ICSR) at King’s College, provides some instant analysis of the attempted bombing of a Delta Airlines flight travelling from Amsterdam to Detroit. He’s got all the main bases covered, so I’ll only provide some footnotes to a few his points:

The radical American imam, Anwar al-Awalki, whose praise for the Fort Hood gunman, Nidal Hasan, we reported on this blog seems to have gone on the run. Not only did Awlaki declare Hasan a ‘hero’ but it has also emerged that he was in contact with the gunman around 10-20 times before the atrocity itself.

On 27 August a suicide bomber called Abdullah Hassan Tali Asiri nearly killed the Deputy Saudi Interior Minister, Prince Muhammed bin Nayif. The Prince received minor injuries; the bomber was blown in half. Several aspects of this under-reported incident are noteworthy.