Al-Qaida's Yemen wing threatens to overthrow Saudi gov't

13:59, August 11, 2010      

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The No. 2 figure of al-Qaida's Yemeni wing has threatened to overthrow the Saudi government by issuing instructions to its sympathizers in that country.

The message was delivered by Saeed Ali al-Shihri, deputy leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), in an audio recording posted on the internet Tuesday.

"By the messages that reached us, some members of Saudi government's army requested us to give them orders on whether to stay in their jobs or to go to Yemen to join al-Qaida's camps," al-Shihri said in the message.

"In their messages, those members of the Saudi army provided evidence about the links between the Saudi government and the U.S.-led war in the Arabian Peninsula...," he said.

"So we ordered them to collect information on everything related to the Saudi royal family and its government, army, security and air force, and get start in dethroning such apostate government for its participation in the U.S.-led crusade war against Islam," he added.

The AQAP has carried out a series of deadly attacks on Yemeni security facilities and Western interests in southern Yemen over the past two months.

Last week, it claimed responsibility for two separated attacks, on July 22 and July 25 respectively, in the southeast oil province of Shabwa, killing 12 Yemeni security soldiers, including top officers.

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