Al Qaeda in Yemen issues fresh threats to Americans

In a new recording, leader of Yemen branch of al Qaeda has warned Americans.

Updated: May 17, 2010, 16:13 PM IST

Washington: In a new audio recording, the leader of the Yemen branch of al Qaeda, has warned Americans they will be harmed by the Obama administration`s alleged decision to authorise the assassination of an American-born Islamic cleric linked to the Fort Hood shooting and attempted Christmas Day airplane terrorism plots.

According to Politico, Nasir Abu Basir Al-Wuhayshi, the emir of the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, pledged that Islamic fighters in Yemen will do everything they can to protect the American-born cleric, Anwar Al-Awlaki.

“The American administration issued a decision to the effect that the heroic, truth-telling preacher Anwar Al-Awlaki, may Allah preserve him, is wanted dead or alive,” Al-Wuhayshi said in a 10-minute audio recording, a transcript of which was made available by the Washington-based Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) project.

“Obama, through these kinds of decisions, is leading you [the American people] to what will harm you and humble you, and will not benefit your security," Al-Wuhayshi warns.

“He has already left you bereft of your sons,” he added.

“Speak [the truth] to your people, oh Obama. Do not hide from them the magnitude of the danger that will come unexpectedly and that awaits them. Reveal to them the investigation files, the [terror] cells, the plots that are still ongoing, and the targets that the mujahideen are striving and determined to strike again,” he said further.

Al-Awlaki, 39, was reportedly in communication with the Nigerian suspect charged with attempting to blow up a Detroit-bound flight on Christmas, and with the army psychiatrist accused of shooting 13 Army personnel at Fort Hood last November.