Al-Qaida’s new Yemen chief sets sights on U.S.


Qassim al-Raymi

The newest chief of al-Qaida’s branch in Yemen has put America on its hit list, saying there is no other target that takes precedence.

In his first speech since taking over the command post, Qassim al-Raymi – who succeeded Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the military commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula who was killed last month by U.S. drone strike – called for immediate attacks on the United States. The U.S.-based SITE watchdog was able to capture his comments on an audio tape, Reuters reported.

In his speech, Raymis vowed allegiance to Ayman al-Zawahri, the commander of al-Qaida, and said America must be hit.

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“All of you must direct and gather your arrows and swords it,” he said, SITE reported. “God has helped you against this enemy, for not only did you reach its home, but with praise to God and His grace, you have reached the depths of its heart.”

And to Zawahri, he said, Reuters reported: “”I pledge allegiance to you, to listen and obey, in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and in ease, to endure being discriminated against and not to dispute about rule with those in power, and to wage jihad in the cause of God the Almighty, with the Book of Allah and the Sunnah [traditions] of His Messenger, Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him, as much I am able.”