I have yet to give a close and detailed screening to the video we teased on Friday, which AQAP just put out. But I disagree with those who think that this tells us something about whether or not AQAP will be putting out a statement on the kidnappings in Sa'dah. The evidence is, in my opinion, inconclusive.
The video had obviously been in the works for sometime, particularly given al-Wahayshi's opening article in issue 9 of Sada al-Malahim.
For those looking to add a book on Yemen to their reading list, Brian Whitaker has just e-published a book on post-unification Yemen. It is available here. Also, I would strongly recommend, for those looking for a bit of humor, 'Abd al-Karim al-Razahi's hilarious play al-Baramil, which I'm reading at the moment. I tend to be a bit biased, as I think 'Abd al-Karim is extremely funny in person - and his escapades in the US a few years ago deserve to be immortalized in film.