In a direct message to the United States of America, Qassim al-Rimi, al-Qaeda Yemen's commander in chief warned that the Boston bombing had proved America's inability to adequately protect itself from internal threats.
Threatening al-Rimi foretold, "Every day you will be hit by the unexpected and your leaders will not be able to defend you." He added ,"The Boston events... and the poisoned letters [sent to the White House], regardless of who is behind them, show that your security is no longer under control, and that attacks on you have taken off and cannot be stopped.."
Dubbed the most dangerous and military potent branch of the terror group, al-Qaeda Yemen has proven so far as tough enemy. Despite drone attacks and a string military presence on the ground backed up by the support of local tribes, Islamists continue to not only elude the authorities but they have managed over the past few weeks to secure several bases in the south-eastern province of Hadhramawt, a secessionist stronghold.
Moreover, officials have theorized that Iran is militarily enabling al-Qaeda to forward its own agenda in the region and ensure that Saudi Arabia, Yemen's sponsor and regional power-house is losing its grip over the Arabian Peninsula.
In a chilling call for public support, al-Rimi urged every Muslim, to carry out what he perceives as their religious duty by standing against the West. “Carry out your obligations, defend your religion and follow in the footsteps of those who supported their religion and Ummah [Muslim nation] while they are in their enemy’s den,” he cried out.
Defiant he warned that nothing, no army , no alliance would prevent his organization from pursuing its goal; “Have you eliminated the Jihadist groups that have spread everywhere after they had only been in Afghanistan? Today, they are in your land or close to it."
Security experts have already warned that al-Rimi is trying to manipulate the anger and resentment feel by Muslim communities across the region, those who suffered from the drones to drum popular support and use grief and anger as a catalyst for recruitment.