by Florian Flade
„You Have Gained Victory, Oh People Of The Sunnah!“ is the title of a new video produced and released by Al-Qaida´s Yemeni branch „Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula“ (AQAP). In it, the militant group presents a Anti-Shiite message, accusing the Houthi movement – followers of the Zaidi confession of Shia Islam – of being a Iranian puppet murdering the Sunni Muslims of Yemen.
The new video shows – besides the AQAP Deputy Said al-Shihri aka Abu Sufyan al-Azdi – a suicide bomber named Amin al-Uthman who carried out a attack on a convoy of Houthi leaders. „The Shiites are the enemies of Allah, they spread corruption on earth, they kill women and children and destroy mosques“, the suicide bomber says in his martyrdom statement.
Last year, on November 24, a car bomb exploded during a Houthi festival in the province of Al-Jawf, killing 23 people. The next day, the Houthi movement announced their spiritual leader Badr ad-Din al-Houthi had dead age 86 from chronic asthma. AQAP claimed it had killed al-Houthi in the bombing of the convoy.
On November 26 2010, the day of Badr ad-Din al-Houthi´s funeral in Sa´ada, North-Western Yemen, al-Qaida again struck the Shiites of Yemen, killing two people with a car bomb.