U.S. interception of secret messages between al Qaida terrorist leaders triggered alarm.
Middle East Security News.- The alleged U.S. interception of a secret message between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and Nasser al-Wahishi possibly triggered global alarm Photo Credit AFP/Getty Images.
Yemeni government released the names of twentyfive (25) wanted al-Qaida terrorist suspects on Monday, saying they were planning terror attacks in the capital, Sanaa, and other cities across the country.
The development came as the United States ordered the closure of twenty U.S. diplomatic missions in the Muslim world, specifically in the Middle east and Northern Africa, through the week until August 10th, following audio signals where al-Qaida senior terrorist leaders allegedly planned to attack.
A U.S. intelligence official and a Mideast diplomat told The Associated Press that the closures were triggered by the interception of a secret message between al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahri and Nasser al-Wahishi, the leader of the Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, about plans for a major terror attack.
The yemeni statement listed some allegedly senior figures in the terrorist branch, known as Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula AQAP , including Saudi nationals Ibrahim Hassan el-Assiri and Ibrahim Mohammed el-Rubaish.
El-Rubaish was released from Guantanamo early in 2006 and is believed to have played significant roles in al-Qaida’s expanding offshoot in Yemen. He is a theological adviser to the group and his writings and sermons are prominent in the group’s literature, according to analysts.