AL-QAIDA LOOKS TO OUST SAUDI ROYALS / Deputy commander calls for jihad against Sunni Islam homeland (WND-WORLD NET DAILY) Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin Washington 04/07/12)
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WASHINGTON – Sa’id al-Shihri, deputy commander for the Sunni militant
group al-Qaida in the Arab Peninsula, or AQAP, has called for a
jihad, or war, against the royal family of Saudi Arabia. That’s the
homeland of Sunni Islam, and al-Shihri sees a variety of threats –
from the United States and Israel and also from Iran, according to a
report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
Al-Shihri, also known as Abu Sufyan al-Azdi, opposes the U.S. and
Israel for combating Sunnism in Afghanistan and Iraq before that, and
the fact Sunni militants of the Taliban and al-Qaida in Afghanistan
and Pakistan have been targeted.
He also is opposed to Shi’a Iran because he regards Shi’ism as heresy
to the teachings of Sunni Islam.
According to the Washington think-tank Jamestown Foundation, al-
Shihri made his threat in an audiotape entitled “Do Not Lead toward
Al-Shihri believes that the royal family has allowed Shi’ites to live
in the kingdom’s Eastern Province of al-Sharqiyah where much of Saudi
Arabia’s oil production takes place.
Shi’ites make up 15 percent of the Saudi kingdom and recently have
been demonstrating in the Eastern Province, the closest point to
Bahrain where Saudi Arabia recently sent troops to put down an
uprising by the Shi’ite majority against the Sunni monarchy.
Al-Shihri also sees Iran behind the Shiite Houthis in the northern
part of Yemen, a development which also is of concern to the Saudis.
They not only have sent troops into neighboring Yemen to stop any
uprising of Houthis but also to head off the advancement of AQAP from
entering the Saudi kingdom.
Al-Shihri last year called on the Saudi military to rise up against
the royal family and usher in an Islamist regime.
Not only is the Saudi royal family concerned about al-Qaida ousting
them to create an Islamist regime but now the family has a similar
concern with the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, which is
just across the narrow Red Sea from Saudi Arabia.
Also upsetting to al-Shihri has been the security arrangement the
Saudis had with Egypt and Jordan to provide protection to Israel, a
30-year security plan which now appears to be in serious jeopardy. (©
2012 WorldNetDaily.com, Inc. 04/07/12)
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