Yemen Qaeda chief says Shiite rebels serve US-Iran plot

Militants from Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) are active in eastern and southern areas of YemenAl-Qaeda’s leader in Yemen has accused Shiite rebels sweeping across the country of collaborating with the United States and Iran to try to “destroy” Sunni Muslims. Al-Qaeda uses the term crusaders to refer to Western powers, especially those countries which have intervened militarily in Muslim countries. The Sunni extremists have been locked in fierce clashes with Huthis Shiite rebels who overran the Yemeni capital in September and expanded east and south towards areas where Al-Qaeda militants are active. US drones conduct frequent raids against militants of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is considered by Washington as the most dangerous arm of the jihadist organisation.

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