A senior Al-Qaeda leader has called on all Muslims to “rise and attack the Jews and the Americans everywhere.”
In a video released this week, Khalid Batarfi, a top commander with the group’s Yemen-based operation (Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula), said “killing them is one of the most important things.”
The response was ostensibly aimed at the decision by U.S. President Donald Trump’s to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The next day, the State Department named Batarfi a “Specially Designated Global Terrorist.” According to State, “the designation seeks to deny Batarfi the resources he needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Batarfi’s property and interests in property subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with him.”
In April 2015, Batarfi broke free from the Central Prison of al-Mukalla in Yemen when AQAP militants attacked the prison.
Here is a clip from the original 18-minute video: