The accused spies are a mix of Saudi and Yemeni nationals, who say they were recruited to act against the terrorist group
AQAP members appear to confess spying for US in new video
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) released a video on Tuesday that claims to show confessions of spies within their ranks, including Saudi members.
In the video released by AQAP’s media outlet, Al-Malahim, some members in the organization appear to confess to spying for the "crusaders," referring to the United States, which has been pursuing Al-Qaeda leaders in Yemen for nearly two decades.
The accused spies are a mix of Saudi and Yemeni nationals, who say they were recruited to act against the organization.
The names of the accused as they appear in the recording are as follows: Othman Bin Ali aka Abu Omar Al-Shehri, Abdullah Al-Salami aka Abu Amer Al-Makki, Mohammed Bin Ahmed Murjan, Aziz Al-Alimi (Abu al-Hassan Al-Taizzi), Musa’ed Al-Khoiter aka Hussam Al-Khalidi, Rashad Qureshi Osman aka Abu Turab Al-Sudani, Zabinullah Al-Sharouri aka Abu Ayedh, Saleh Bin Ali aka Hamza Al-Sharouri, Bakil Ahmed Fadhil and Naif Falah Al-Mutairi.
The video does not explain the fate of the accused, except for Othman Bin Ali, who is shown being shot three times in the chest.
A statement in the video calls on other spies recruited by the US and other intelligence agencies to surrender to AQAP leaders in areas under their control in exchange for amnesty.
The video also shows the newly appointed emir of AQAP, Khaled Batarfi, speaking about treason and espionage against the mujahideen. Batarfi himself was recently accused of working with the US to eliminate the group's former leader Qassem Al-Raimi, according to a source familiar with AQAP's internal operations.