World Bulletin / News Desk
The leader of al Qaeda's Yemen-based wing, Nasser al-Wuhayshi, said he would free jailed fighters soon, days after the United States shut missions across the Middle East because of the threat of an attack, possibly from Yemen.
Wuhayshi did not say in his Internet statement how he would free those jailed, but al Qaeda fighters staged at least two prison breaks last month.
Intercepted communication between Wuhayshi and Ayman al-Zawahri, who replaced Osama bin Ladenas head of al Qaeda, was part of intelligence that prompted the United States to close 19 U.S. embassies and send some staff in Yemen home.
"We ask God to make us a cause for unlocking your incarceration and relieving your agony," Wuhayshi, head of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), said in the statement seen on Monday on a website.
"Your brothers are pounding the walls of injustice and the thrones of oppression. These walls and thrones are coming down every day and victory is but one step. Victory is one hour of perseverance," said Wuhayshi, a former aide to bin Laden who broke out of a prison in Yemen in 2006.
The authenticity of the statement could not immediately be verified.
Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for simultaneous raids on two Iraqi prisons, setting more than 500 inmates free in July.
On July 27, more than 1,000 inmates broke out of a prison on the outskirts of Benghazi in Libya, following what an official said was an attack on the facility. It was not clear who was behind the assault.Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ağustos 2013, 11:43