KUWAIT CITY:According to a report by a Kuwaiti daily on Thursday.A number of leading members of Al-Qaeda,which also includes former spokesman Suleiman Abu Ghaith of Kuwait, have moved from Iran to Yemen.
Al-Qabas said, citing unnamed informed sources that,The revelation was made in a classified Western intelligence report sent to security officials in the Gulf and a number of Arab countries.
When the US launched an invasion of Afghanistan in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks Several top Al-Qaeda leaders fled to Iran .Some have been imprisoned in Tehran.
the report says that “Some of these leaders however have moved to Yemen and have taken the charges of command and coordination of Al-Qaeda operations,”
Besides Abu Ghaith, they include Kuwaiti, Gulf and Arab nationals who are on internationally wanted lists, the report said. It did not say how the Al-Qaeda operatives managed to escape from Iran.
Kuwait, a staunch US ally, stripped Abu Ghaith of Kuwaiti citizenship in October 2001 because of his alleged links to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
Yemen faces a continuing threat from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the local branch of Osama bin Laden’s extremist organisation. It is also fighting Shiite insurgents in the north and a secessionist movement in the south.
Gulf interior ministers expressed concern earlier this week over the “growing activity of the Al-Qaeda terror network” following the interception of two parcel bombs addressed by jihadists in Yemen to synagogues in the United States.
In the wake of the parcel bomb plot, which was claimed by AQAP, US President Barack Obama said the United States would press ahead in a bid to “destroy” the group’s affiliate in Yemen