Yemen’s al Qaeda warned tribe against collaborating

SANAA (BestGrowthStock) – Al Qaeda in Yemen has warned kinsmen of a U.S. born radical preacher against collaborating with the Yemeni government, according to a statement from the group that appeared to predate last week’s parcel bomb plot.

The statement, posted on an Islamist website on Tuesday, made no mention of the plot to mail two parcels containing bombs from Yemen to the United States that was uncovered last week and is thought to be the work of the Yemen-based regional al Qaeda wing, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

Earlier in October, the Yemeni government had sealed a deal with tribesmen of preacher Anwar al-Awlaki to help security forces in their quest to root out al Qaeda in their native province of Shabwa.

Awlaki is wanted dead or alive by Washington for his links with al Qaeda and is now the target of a major manhunt launched by the Yemeni government on Tuesday in response to the failed parcel plot, which caused an international security alert.

“Whoever decides to stand with them (the Crusaders) and be subservient to their demands should be wary of God’s punishment,” the group said in the statement.

“Support us in our fight against the enemies of God, from America and its agents, and distance yourselves from a position that pleases the cross-worshippers among the rulers of the White House.”

The statement was signed by “Your brothers and cousins in al Qaeda from the al-Awlak tribe.”

Yemen launched a security operation on Tuesday to arrest a Saudi bomb maker accused of being behind the foiled bomb plot, and said it also aimed to capture Awlaki. Suspected al Qaeda fighters blew up an oil pipeline, apparently in response.

Yemeni authorities also began the trial in absentia of Awlaki, who has been linked to the failed bombing of a U.S.-bound plane in December 2009 that was claimed by Yemen’s al Qaeda wing and who is thought to be hiding in Shabwa.

(Reporting by Mohammed Ghobari in Sanaa and Erika Solomon in Dubai, Writing by Raissa Kasolowsky; Editing by Samia Nakhoul)

Yemen’s al Qaeda warned tribe against collaborating