Al-Qaeda urges attacks on US interests in Yemen

May 26th, 2008 - 8:29 pm ICT by admin  

Sanaa (Yemen), May 26 (DPA) The Al Qaeda terrorist network asked Monday its supporters in Yemen to limit their attacks to “effective” operations against US and foreign interests in the Arab country. In a statement posted on the Islamic al-Ikhlas network website, Al Qaeda has purportedly urged its loyalists to “bring back the days of attacks, such as the one on the USS destroyer Cole and the French ship.”

“Those operations are bound to have an effect on people now,” the network said in the statement.

Al Qaeda was behind attacks on the USS destroyer Cole in 2000 while it was harboured in the Yemeni port of Aden and the French tanker Limburg off the coast of Yemen in 2002.

The network advised its supporters to focus on US targets and to avoid attacks on other targets for the time being.

“Targeting a house of (President) Ali Salih will not serve the purpose. Neither will the killing of a Yemeni soldier in a Yemeni village,” al-Qaeda said.

The Yemeni and Iraqi police forces are not similar because the Iraqi police serve as tools in the hands of the crusaders, the network said.

Al Qaeda sanctions attacks on Iraq’s security forces and members of government and administration, saying they serve US occupation forces.

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