UPDATE: Flashpoint Partners released a transcript of Shaykh Abū Sufyān al-Azdī (Sa’īd al-Shehrī) most recent audio message titled: “United to Overthrow Al-Saud.” Here is a brief abstract of the transcript and below it is the entire transcript:
On August 10, 2010, an audiotape featuring Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) senior commander Sheikh Abu Sufian al-Azdi (a.k.a. Saeed al-Shehri) titled “Together: To Overthrow Al-Saud” was released. Al-Azdi claimed that “the Jews and the apostates from the rulers of the Arabian Peninsula are in an alliance that was formed by America, and Iran and their Arab Shiite supporters in the region are in another alliance…And what is expected is for the war to begin by the Jews against Iran, and the reality of the battle will be in the land of the Peninsula and the ash-Sham [Middle East]: the Jews in the ash-Sham and Iran in the Peninsula.” Calling for the overthrow of the Saudi government, al-Azdi requested support from “those who belong to the military air-force, or officials in weapons storages, or officials in the army or the interior, or centers of operation and media rooms.” Specifically, he asked those who work “in the Ministry of Interior and who can bring important information that may benefit the mujahideen in assigning their targets—like houses and roads and the officer of Ministry of Interior officials—then he must send it to us via the military email that belongs to the [al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] Organization.” And al-Azdi urged “any of you who is a pilot should search of martyrdom above the skies of Palestine, and any of you who work in the navy should point his weapon against the Jews there and receive the honor of martyrdom…”
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NOTE: Sa’īd al-Shehrī is of Saudi background and was one of the first prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, arriving January 21, 2002. He spent six years in Guantánamo prior to being repatriated to Saudi Arabia and enrolled in their rehabilitation program. Afterwards, he went to Yemen and has since been considered the deputy leader of al-Qā’idah in the Arabian Peninsula. It was reported this past December that al-Shehrī was killed in a drone strike and then in January 2010 was captured by the Yemeni government. All these claims were false, though, since al-Shehrī later released an audio message denying allegations that he was dead.
For more on al-Qā’idah in the Arabian Peninsula read the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’s report by Alistair Harris titled “Exploiting Grievances: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.”
al-Malāḥim Media presents a new audio message from Shaykh Abū Sufyān al-Azdī (Sa’īd al-Shehrī), deputy leader al-Qā’idah in the Arabian Peninsula: “United to Overthrow Al-Saud”