By Rakesh Raman
In a new video message released by the Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the terrorist group has blamed the U.S. President Barack Obama for the murder of an American hostage Luke Somers last week.
The video – which was posted on YouTube by the media wing of AQAP, Al Malahem Media – carries a message from a member of AQAP: “A message for American people about killing American hostage in Yemen.”
In the message, the AQAP leader says they gave Obama and his government 3 days to fulfill the demands of Mujahedeen. But Obama preferred a rescue operation which failed.
The outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, had confirmed last Saturday the murder of U.S. hostage Luke Somers by AQAP terrorists.
Hagel said the U.S. Special Operations Forces had conducted a mission in Yemen to rescue Somers, but Somers and a second non-U.S. citizen hostage were murdered by the AQAP terrorists during the course of the operation, which was ordered by President Obama.
Several of the AQAP terrorists holding the hostages captive were killed in the mission, according to a statement issued by Hagel.
AQAP tells in the video message that American soldiers had weapons with silencers and night vision equipment that was accompanied with heavy areal support. This recurrent match continued for 3 hours.
American Ministry of Defense and Pentagon failed to mention their loss in this failed attempt, in which Mujahedeen inflicted slaughter on them by the grace of Allah, says the terrorist leader.
He also confirmed that the family of the hostage had appealed, but “it was appropriate for them to appeal to Obama and his government, not to us.”
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AQAP states that Obama made decision which caused things to go in a completely different way than they wanted.
“Furthermore, Obama stated this hostage killing was an act of barbaric murder, but he tried to cover his barbaric behavior and carelessness for the life of American citizen and another hostage from South Africa whose negotiations to free him were in progress. Obama was careless about other innocent lives of those who were murdered and wounded in this failed rescue bid in which one woman was injured,” said the AQAP leader.
Toward the end of the video message, the AQAP leader said he would like to present a few questions. In these questions, he asked for the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and also Aafia Siddiqui, who, he said was facing two long years of injustice and torture and arrest.
“We have brothers and sisters who are jailed and put in Guantanamo Bay prison, in prisons of American collaborators in Islamic countries, and in American security prisons which are spread all over the world. They have a right to be free. We will try to free them from their tragic situation and barbaric injustice which is far away from the convention of human rights,” he said.
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He asked if there was anything in this and another list of American injustice and tyranny that they could negotiate with America.
“This American answer and behaviour confirm the truth what Mujahedeen think that it is impossible to have agreement with the American government except in a way of straightforward killing and facing tyranny which put the lives of Americans in danger, inside and outside of America – in the air, on the ground and in the sea,” he said.
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