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TERROR JOINS FORCES: Yemeni al-Qaeda ends solidarity to IS in Iraq

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
8/21/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Yemeni forces give IS tips on how to avoid airstrikes

Evil minds think alike, as two of the world's most deadly terrorist organizations have apparently joined forces in the tumult facing Iraq. The Yemen branch of al-Qaeda has given a "shout out" to Islamic State, who have been busy waging their war of terror in Northern Iraq. "We announce solidarity with our Muslim brothers in Iraq against the crusade. Their blood and injuries are ours and we will surely support them," the Yemen-based branch of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP has been quoted as saying.

A screenshot from an AQAP propaganda video apparently shows the Yemen-based terrorist group's leader, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, addressing fighters.

A screenshot from an AQAP propaganda video apparently shows the Yemen-based terrorist group's leader, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, addressing fighters.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
8/21/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Middle East

Keywords: IS, Yemen, al-Qaeda, terror


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "We stand by the side of our Muslim brothers in Iraq against the American and Iranian conspiracy and their agents of the apostate Gulf rulers."

The statement went on to offer IS fighters tips on how to avoid airstrikes.

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The Obama White House considers AQAP the most active of the various al-Qaeda affiliates, and has lon

The Obama White House considers AQAP the most active of the various al-Qaeda affiliates, and has long conducted a campaign of drone strikes against the group.


"Based on our experience with drones, we advise our brothers in Iraq to be cautious about spies among them because they are a key factor in setting goals; be cautious about dealing with cellphones and internet networks; do not gather in large numbers or move in large convoys; spread in farms or hide under trees in the case of loud humming of warplanes; and dig sophisticated trenches because they reduce the impact of shelling," the statement said.

The Obama White House considers AQAP the most active of the various al-Qaeda affiliates, and has long conducted a campaign of drone strikes against the group.

A recent video from IS vows that it will attack Americans "in any place" vowing that "we will drown

A recent video from IS vows that it will attack Americans "in any place" vowing that "we will drown all of you in blood."


IS in the meantime has been viewed as a growing threat to the United States. Islamic State leader Ibrahim al-Badri (aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) warned the U.S. last January that the group would soon be "in direct confrontation" with America. These threats have increased since the airstrikes began this month.

A recent video from IS vows that it will attack Americans "in any place" vowing that "we will drown all of you in blood."

A video depicting the beheading of an American journalist who went missing in Syria in 2012 was released this week. The video warned Obama that his actions "will result in the bloodshed of your people."

In either case, if this announcement is official, it would be a significant development. Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri publicly disavowed ISIS last year, after al-Badri made a bid for leadership of all al-Qaeda elements among the anti-Assad forces in Syria.

Since ISIS in June declared a "caliphate" across areas in controls in both countries and called on M

Since ISIS in June declared a "caliphate" across areas in controls in both countries and called on Muslims everywhere to pledge loyalty to al-Badri, now operating under the name of "Caliph Ibrahim" - observers have been closely watching the response from al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups.


The presumably Pakistan-based Zawahiri declared the al-Nusrah Front to be the only al-Qaeda affiliate engaged in the anti-Assad campaign, and instructed al-Badri to stick to Iraq. The order was ignored, and ISIS continued its violent operations in both Syria and Iraq.

Since ISIS in June declared a "caliphate" across areas in controls in both countries and called on Muslims everywhere to pledge loyalty to al-Badri, now operating under the name of "Caliph Ibrahim" - observers have been closely watching the response from al-Qaeda and other jihadist groups.

Al-Nusrah and other groups quickly rejected the caliphate declaration, as did some leading radical Sunni figures, including the Qatar-based cleric Yusef al-Qaradawi, the Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader. AQAP's response has been awaited, as has one from Zawahiri himself.

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