One of the top leaders of the Yemen-based branch of Al Qaeda urged fellow Muslims in an audio recording posted to the Internet this week to rise up in holy war against all Christians and Jews found in the Arabian Peninsula.
"The Christians, the Jews, and the treacherous apostate rulers have pounced on you...you have no other way out from this plight other than to wage jihad," declared Saeed al-Shehri, a former Saudi inmate at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay.
Shehri today serves as the deputy commander of Al Qaeda forces in Yemen, a burgeoning base of operations for the terrorist network. Authorities in Yemen believed he had been killed in an air strike in December, but later announced they had been mistaken.
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