Sunday, January 25, 2009


Yemen Observer, 20 January 2009
Zaid al-Alaya’a
Training of fighters at al-Emam University denied
The Office Director of Sheik Abdul-Majid al-Zindani, Rector of al-Eman University denied allegations made by some Yemeni websites that there is an open camp to train Jihadi fighters at the University.

“The University is an educational institution which practices only its educational activities, and operates under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education. With regard to the allegations concerning voluntary camps for Jihadis, this is not our responsibility, it is the responsibility of the governments of all Arab and Islamic countries to do their duty according to the Islamic Law to defend the oppressed people in Gaza”, said Dr.Ismeal al-Sohaily- Office Director of the Rector of al-Emam University.

Al-Sohaily hailed the calls from President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who called for the opening of training camps for youth to be trained to fight the Israeli’s in Gaza. “We call on them to do their duty. We hail the position of the President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who called for the opening of camps for fighters, and we also hail the position of Libyan President Muammar al-Gaddafi, who has called for the same”, said Dr.Ismeal al-Sohaily.

Some websites in Yemen have reported the existence of training camps at al-Emam University to prepare volunteer fighters for combat in Gaza, and claimed that these camps are supported by Iran and Qatar. President Saleh has called this week for an Islamic Summit to deal with the ongoing crisis in Gaza, and to stop the Israeli atrocities and end the unjustified siege against Palestinians in Gaza. He has also called for increasing pressure on Israel to abide by international law.

This 19-minute video can be seen here. It comes from the same people
مؤسسة الملاحم الإنتاج الإعلامي
Epics Media Production Foundation
who put out the magazine called
صدى الملاحم
Echo of the Epics. The recent issue (#7) of the magazine is 44 pages long and contains some routine propaganda (about the shoe-throwing incident in Baghdad for example) plus some more interesting material.

About the video now, four characters appear together and they all speak. From left to right, they are identified as

Qasim al-Rimi (Abu Hureira)

Sa'id al-Shihri (Abu Sufyan)
Saudi, called the deputy emir of this group.
Guantanamo Bay prisoner #372.

Nasr al-Wahishi (Abu Basir)
Emir of this group, probably Yemeni.

Muhammad al-'Oufi (Abu Harith)
identified as the former Guantanamo detainee #333, which he isn't.
Saudi, probably a relative of Saleh al-'Oufi, late leader of Al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

{Update from CBS/AP}
Al-Oufi was one of two former Saudi detainees at Guantanamo, the U.S. military prison in Cuba, who resurfaced last week in video clips as al Qaeda fighters in Yemen. Their identities were confirmed in recent days by a U.S. counterterror official. Al-Oufi was detainee number 333 at Guantanamo.

They claim to be the leadership of a reconstituted AQAP with the more modern form of the name, using "qa'idat-al-jihad" or "base of jihad" instead of the original name "al-qa'ida" or "the base".