DUBAI May 15 An al Qaeda Yemeni wing threatened
attacks on Thursday across the Arabian Peninsula against
non-Muslim foreigners including tourists and journalists.
"We warn you not to enter the Arabian Peninsula under any
name or cover be it as tourists, diplomats, scientists, experts
or journalists; you will be a primary target for the
mujahideen," al Qaeda in the South of the Arabian Peninsula said
in the editorial of its e-magazine.
"We stand absolved from (the rights) of any infidel who has
entered the Arabian Peninsula. (Targeting) their blood and money
are religiously right," it said in reference to non-Muslim
foreigners, whom al Qaeda calls infidels.
Al Qaeda-linked militants in neighbouring Saudi Arabia have
waged attacks on Western targets but appear to have been
weakened due to a security crackdown.
Yemen has seen a surge in small attacks on government
buildings and foreign embassies in recent weeks.
In April, an al Qaeda-linked group said it fired three
mortar rounds at a complex housing Americans and other
Westerners in Sanaa. No one was hurt.
The attack was aimed at expelling infidels from the Arabian
Peninsula, home to Islam's holiest sites, it said.
In March, a school near the U.S. embassy was hit by mortars
injuring 13 girls and five Yemeni soldiers in an attack
Washington said was aimed at its mission.
Al Qaeda in the South of the Arabian Peninsula said it would
not uphold any treaties between the government of Yemeni
President Ali Abdullah Saleh and any other country.
"Our sheikh ... Osama bin Laden had made you an offer but
you have ignored the truce," it said. "No one can seek to be
secure unless through permission from the sheikh of Islam, the
renovator, Osama bin Laden," it said.
In April 2004, bin Laden offered Europeans a truce if they
withdrew troops from Muslim nations.
The group also warned Yemenis who host, protect or accompany
"infidels" that they would face the same fate and said members
of government forces would also be targets if they prevented its
militants from fighting "combatant crusaders and apostates".
The magazine's cover carried a picture of U.S. destroyer
Cole, the target of a suicide bombing on the Yemeni port of Aden
in 2000 in which 17 U.S. sailors were killed.
Yemen, which joined the U.S.-led war on terror after the
Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on U.S. cities, is seen in the West as a
haven for Islamist militants accused of involvement in attacks
on Western targets and clashes with authorities.