But now, it seems, the al-Qaeda terrorist organization is strutting its stuff over the Bab al-Mandab, the southern entrance to the Red Sea. Indeed, al-Qaeda is pondering the seizing of the Bab al-Mandab.
That's the word from London-based Al-Quds al-Arabi newspaper, which last week filed a report on an audiotape attributed to Sa'id al-Shihri, the deputy leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Al-Quds reported that al-Shihri's audiotape, which was broadcast by known Islamic web sites, 'contained much new information which reveals the present and future plans of this fundamentalist organization.'
Among other things, the paper stressed the organization's scheme to seize control of Bab al-Mandab Strait 'at the entrance to the Red Sea through which most oil exports and US military reinforcements to the gulf region and the Mediterranean Sea pass.'
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