Why AQAP targeted Muhammad bin Nayif
Gregory Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Johnsen has written for a variety of publications on Yemen including, among others, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, The Independent, The Boston Globe, and The National. He is the co-founder of Waq al-Waq: Islam and Insurgency in Yemen Blog. In 2009, he was a member of the USAID's conflict assessment team for Yemen.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula continues its recent media blitz with an audio tape that has been released to the forums (thanks to Ibn Siqilli for the tip). The tape is from the former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Ibrahim al-Rubaysh, and is entitled: "Why Muhammad bin Nayif."
In a brief biography of al-Rubaysh that appeared on one of the forums it claims that he is a graduate of Imam Muhammad bin Saud University in Riyadh and that he, no surprise, spent time in Afghanistan before being arrested and sent to Guantanamo.
The tape is basically an explanation of why AQAP targeted Muhammad bin Nayif. I don't think there is too much new here for those who follow Yemen and Saudi closely - it has been clear for a long time that Muhammad is AQAP's most dangerous enemy, at least from the standpoint of doing the most to destroy the organization. Still, a couple things stood out to me - allegations about Saudi using the wives of al-Qaeda members against them and the idea of grudges from Guantanamo. Both of these fit into what I've seen and heard before, but I want to listen to the tape a few more times before expanding.
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