Al-Qaeda in Yemen Calls for 'Lone Wolf Attacks'

Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch calls for “lone wolf attacks” against the United States and the West in new video.

Ben Ariel,

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Al-Qaeda's Yemen branch is calling for “lone wolf attacks” against the United States and the West in a new video, days after claiming responsibility for the Charlie Hebdo killings, the Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported Tuesday.

One of the group's ideologues, Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi, urged supporters to conduct what he called "individual jihad," according to the SITE monitoring group, which tracks Islamist extremists online.

"We are preparing and lurking for the enemies of Allah. We incite the believers to do that," Ansi was quoted as saying in a video posted on Tuesday.

In a previous video, Ansi claimed Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was behind the attack on French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, the start of three days of bloodshed in France that left 17 people dead.

Western governments say it remains unclear if AQAP directly orchestrated the violence, although they do believe one or both of the attackers spent time with jihadists in Yemen.

In the latest recording, Ansi recommended lone wolf attacks as those were "more harmful."

But, if this was not practical, then supporters should leave Western countries rather than live under the rule of "disbelievers," he said.

The group's English-language propaganda publication had urged extremists to carry out attacks abroad, naming Charlie Hebdo's editor-in-chief Stephane Charbonnier among a list of targets.


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