fighters backing protesters demanding the ouster of Yemen's President
Ali Abdullah Saleh stand guard on a street in the southern city of
Taiz November 15, 2011. (Reuters/Khaled Abdullah Ali Al Mahdi)
Yemen branch has announced it will pay thousands of dollars in gold
to anyone who kills the US ambassador in Sanaa, the capital, or any
American soldier in the country.
audio message produced by the al-Malahem Foundation, Al-Qaeda’s
media arm, and posted on militant Islamist websites on Saturday, said
the group is offering 3kg of gold, worth $160,000, for the
is also offering 5 million Yemeni Riyal (US$23,000) to anyone who
kills an American soldier in Yemen.
message continued that the offer is valid for six months and the
bounties were to “inspire and encourage our Muslim nation for
Jihad”. However, it did not say how the money could be collected.
US considers the Yemeni branch of Al-Qaeda to be the most dangerous
in the world.
audio message comes a day after three Al-Qaeda militants were killed
by a US drone strike in Yemen’s southwestern al-Bayda province.
officials said one of the men killed was Saleh Mohammed al-Ameri, a
senior Al-Qaeda operative.
men were hit as they traveled in a car in the village of el-Manaseh
on the outskirts of the town Radda. A local tribesmen at the scene
said the car has been totally destroyed by the attack, the bodies
merely charred carcasses.
has been a spate of US drone attacks on Al-Qaeda militants recently.
While the US does not normally confirm drone strikes, this was the
fourth suspected strike in a week. On Friday, two suspected militants
were killed in eastern Hadramount province, while at least five were
killed in two strikes on December 24.
US embassy in the Yemeni capital Sanaa (AFP Photo/Khaled Fazaa)
was reported in the US press in June this year that President Obama
for the first time admitted in a letter to congress that American
forces were engaged in “a
limited number” of
operations against members of Al-Qaeda operatives in Yemen, saying
that they posed a terrorist threat to “the
United States and our interests.”
the letter didn’t reveal anything that wasn’t already in news
accounts and the US government continues to fight efforts to have it
reveal more about its operations overseas, the Washington Post
bounty in Yemen comes just three-and-a-half months after the attack
on the American consulate in Benghazi in September, where US
Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was killed, and which was
believed to be carried out by Al-Qaeda.
an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, Obama said that
the investigation into the Benghazi attack was ongoing and that the
FBI had some important leads into who carried it out.
investigation by the Accountability Review Board blamed the US State
Department for inadequate security measures at the consulate and
highlighted systematic mismanagement that left the building
vulnerable to attack. In the NBC interview Obama admitted that there
was sloppiness in regard to security at the consulate, but that the
mistakes were not intentional.