Al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen offer $160,000 in gold for killing the US ambassador, three months after the US envoy to Libya was murdered.
The US State Dept. presumably will take the matter more seriously than it did when senior officials ignored events leading up to the brutal killing of Christopher Stevens on September 11.
The al-Malahem terrorist website also offered $23,000 to anyone who murders an American soldier, but the offer is valid for only six months.
The website posting followed a US drone strike in Yemen that killed three AQ terrorists, including a senior Al Qaeda member, Saleh Mohammed al-Ameri. The bounties were set to “inspire and encourage our Muslim nation for jihad,” the statement said.
A day earlier, five others were killed, and the US army carried our four drone strikes during the week, although the military followed its usual practice of not confirming the counterterrorist operations. More than 40 aerial strikes have been carried out this year in Yemen, according to the Long War Journal.
Saturday’s attack on a vehicle “completely obliterated” and the bodies left charred,” according to local tribesmen quoted by BBC.
Al Qaeda plotted in 2008 and 2010 to blow up American airliners, and the Obama administration is fighting a tough battle to keep the Yemeni government in power while Al Qaeda terrorists have effectively taken over the southern part of the country.
However, the US drone attack strategy has also killed many innocent civilians and has stoked anti-American hatred among many Yemeni tribesman
The Arab Spring revolution in 2011 left the country in shambles as competing tribes fought for control and terrorists took advantage of the vacuum of the power to gain territory.
The Los Angeles Times wrote last week, “The danger in the drone program is the potential for U.S. intelligence and airstrikes to be manipulated by Yemenis seeking to weaken the competing clans and political factions.
“For example, Obama and his top generals felt misled in 2010 when Obama signed off on an airstrike against a senior militant that killed six people, including the deputy governor of Mareb province. The strike was based entirely on intelligence provided by the Yemenis, who had not told the U.S. that the governor would be there, a former senior U.S. official said.”
It quoted Ahmed al Zurqua, an expert on Islamic militants, Saudi Arabia saying, “The drones have not killed the real Al Qaeda leaders, but they have increased the hatred toward America and are causing young men to join Al Qaeda to retaliate.”