AQAP releases first installment of ‘Journey of Jihad’ video series
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) recently released the first part of a video series titled “Journey of Jihad” about the life of Sa’id al Shihri, the former AQAP deputy who was killed by a US drone strike in July 2013. This first installment outlines al Shihri’s transformation from a guard of Saudi King Abdallah bin Abdul ‘Aziz to al Qaeda commander in Yemen by 2008, by way of interviews with several of his jihadi companions, many of whom were formerly imprisoned at Guantanamo.
According to the film’s narrative, al Shihri, whose real name is Abu Sufyan al Azdi, was born in Riyadh in 1971 in humble circumstances and “had no other childhood except that shared by children in a simple quarter.” As a young man, al Shihri was a member of the Saudi Royal Guard Regiment entrusted with protecting King Abdallah bin Abdul ‘Aziz. During…
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