On Twitter, jihad supporters are currently disseminating what they are calling a segment deleted by the U.S. from the most recent video released by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
The segment that is being disseminated, an audio file, includes AQAP’s announcement of a reward of 3,000 grams of gold to anyone who assassinates “the Jewish” U.S. Ambassador to Yemen Gerald M. Feierstein, as well as a reward of five million Yemeni riyals (about $23,000) to anyone who kills a U.S. soldier in Yemen.
The announcement follows a statement in the video by AQAP deputy emir Saeed Al-Shihri, in which he praises a fatwa issued in January 2010 by a number of Yemeni scholars that makes jihad mandatory if Yemen is invaded by foreign forces; this fatwa was led by radical Yemeni cleric Sheikh Abd Al-Majid Al-Zindani. Al-Shihri called on Muslims to implement this fatwa.
Links to the audio first appeared around 2:50 pm Eastern Time in the U.S., in a tweet by “Abdallah Bin Mohammad” who uses the handle @ABDLLH_Bn_M7mmd. The tweet reads: “Exclusive: an audio segment of Al-Qaeda’s announcement which was removed by the Americans.”
The link spread quickly via Twitter among jihad supporters, using the hashtag “Jai’zat Al-Qaeda,” meaning “Al-Qaeda’s reward.”
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