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Saudi royals in al-Qaida bull's-eye

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U.S. Air Force Gen. Richard Myers meets with Saudi Arabian Prince Khalid bin Sultan

The deputy leader of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has called upon Saudi troops to rebel against the Saudi family and turn their weapons against Israel, according to a report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.

AQAP Deputy Leader Said al-Shihri claims to have received from members of the Saudi armed forces a “request for guidance” on remaining in their positions or “join(ing) us in the land of jihad.”

In calling the Saudi family “non-believers,” al-Shihri appealed to Saudi troops to “focus on uniting the ranks and calling for jihad for the cause of God within your administrations.”

Al-Shihri told the Saudi troops from whom he had received messages to form cells to attract logistical support, specifically referring to the Saudi Air Force and “others who are in charge of weapons warehouses.” He also called on cells to be set up with the army, “the Ministry of Interior or other positions in operations … After that, the collapse of al-Saud (Saudi family) will be easy.”

AQAP actively is engaged in fighting Saudi troops in Yemen and along its border with Saudi Arabia.

Al-Shihri is well known to the Saudi family. In 2009, he was involved in the attempted assassination of Saudi Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, deputy interior minister in charge of counter-terrorism.

Al-Shihri also is no stranger to U.S. officials. He was incarcerated at Guantanamo and upon release went to a rehabilitation center in Saudi Arabia but soon left for Yemen.

Al-Shihri’s highest priority is to establish an Islamic caliphate, or empire.

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