Al-Qaeda calls for ‘lone-wolf’ attacks on West

2015-01-21 10:11
A screen grab taken off a propaganda video by Al-Malahem Media, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), shows one of the group's leaders, Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi. (Al-Malahem Media, AFP)

A screen grab taken off a propaganda video by Al-Malahem Media, the media arm of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), shows one of the group's leaders, Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi. (Al-Malahem Media, AFP)

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Washington - Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch called for lone-wolf attacks against the United States and the West in a video posted on Tuesday, days after the group claimed responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo killings.

One of the group's ideologues, Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, urged supporters to conduct what he called "individual jihad," according to the Site monitoring group, which tracks Islamist extremists online.

"We are preparing and lurking for the enemies of Allah. We incite the believers to do that," Ansi is quoted as saying in the online video.

In a previous video, Ansi claimed al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was behind the attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the start of three days of bloodshed in France that left 17 people dead.

Western governments say it remains unclear if AQAP directly orchestrated the violence, although they do believe one or both of the attackers spent time with jihadists in Yemen.

In the latest recording, which was presented in an interview format, Ansi recommended lone-wolf attacks as those were "more harmful”.

But, if this was not practical, then supporters should leave Western countries rather than live under the rule of "disbelievers”.

AQAP has a track record for launching attacks far from its base in Yemen, including an attempt to blow up an American airliner over Michigan on Christmas Day in 2009.

US intelligence agencies portray AQAP as the most dangerous branch of the jihadist network.

The group's English-language propaganda publication had urged extremists to carry out attacks abroad, naming Charlie Hebdo's editor-in-chief Stephane Charbonnier among a list of targets.

Read more on:    charlie hebdo  |  al-qaeda  |  yemen  |  us  |  security

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