Top Qaeda leaders move to Yemen

2010-11-11 12:04
Kuwait City - A number of leading al-Qaeda members, including former spokesperson Suleiman Abu Ghaith of Kuwait, have moved from Iran to Yemen, a Kuwaiti daily said on Thursday citing an intelligence report.

The revelation was made in a classified Western intelligence report sent to security officials in the Gulf and a number of Arab countries, al-Qabas said, citing unnamed informed sources.

Several top al-Qaeda leaders fled to Iran when the US launched an invasion of Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11 2001 attacks. Some have been imprisoned in Tehran.

"Some of these leaders however have moved to Yemen and have taken the charges of command and co-ordination of al-Qaeda operations," the report said.

Besides Abu Ghaith, they include Kuwaiti, Gulf and Arab nationals who are on internationally wanted lists, the report said. It did not say how the al-Qaeda operatives managed to escape from Iran.

Kuwait, a staunch US ally, stripped Abu Ghaith of Kuwaiti citizenship in October 2001 because of his alleged links to the September 11 2001 attacks on the United States.

Yemen faces a continuing threat from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the local branch of Osama bin Laden's extremist organisation. It is also fighting Shi'ite insurgents in the north and a secessionist movement in the south.

Gulf interior ministers expressed concern earlier this week over the "growing activity of the al-Qaeda terror network" following the interception of two parcel bombs addressed by jihadists in Yemen to synagogues in the United States.

In the wake of the parcel bomb plot, which was claimed by AQAP, US President Barack Obama said the United States would press ahead in a bid to "destroy" the group's affiliate in Yemen.

Washington has stepped up military assistance and training to Yemen amid warnings from intelligence officials of a "virulent" threat from al-Qaeda there.

- SAPA
Read more on:    al-qaeda  |  barack obama  |  iraq  |  yemen  |  us  |  9/11 attacks  |  us terror threat
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Sport
 

BMW drift battle: M235i vs. speedway bike

Watch this insane drift contest with four-times dirt-track World champion Karl Maier riding a speedway bike against a BMW M235i.

 
 

Men24.com

Want to start talking dirty?
Everyday struggles of naturally skinny guys
And this year's Miss Bumbum title goes to...
How to maintain your mo, bro

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

20% off ALL TV Series

Choose from 1000’s of the hottest TV Series . While stocks last. Shop now!

Festive gifts!

Check out our awesome range of festive gifts to make everyone’s wishes come true. Shop now!

Seen something you like in our catalogue?

Find the perfect gift and save up to R5000 – As seen on the catalogue. Hurry and shop now!

Save up to R2200 on electronics! – As seen in the catalogue

Wishing for tech gadgets this festive? Save up to R2100 on hot tech products at kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 35% off books

Save up to 35% on the latest page-turners. While stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

There is a strong focus on social interaction and connecting with your friends. You may have the need to expand and connect with a...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.