The group announced that it would pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the US ambassador to Yemen in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country.
They offered 3 kilograms of gold for killing Feierstein, and said it will also pay 5 million Yemeni riyals for anyone who kills an American soldier.
According an American news agency, the offer is valid for six months.
The bounties were set to "inspire and encourage our Muslim nation for jihad," the al Qaeda statement said, Fox News reports.
Feierstein, who entered the Foreign Service in 1975, is a specialist in Near East and South Asian affairs.
He has served overseas in Saudi Arabia, Israel, Pakistan, Tunisia, Lebanon and Oman.
Washington: Al Qaeda’s branch in Yemen has offered a bounty of gold worth 160,000 dollars to anyone who assassinates US ambassador Gerald M Feierstein.
First Published: Monday, December 31, 2012, 12:06