Al-Qaeda is looking a bit less “decimated” and “dispersed” than we were led to believe, aren’t they? And now they’ve got a sweet tooth for dead American ambassadors. From an Associated Press report:
Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen has offered to pay tens of thousands of dollars to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador in Sanaa or an American soldier in the country.
An audio produced by the group’s media arm, the al-Malahem Foundation, and posted on militant websites Saturday said it offered three kilograms of gold worth $160,000 for killing the ambassador, Gerald Feierstein.
The group said it will pay 5 million Yemeni riyals ($23,000) to anyone who kills an American soldier inside Yemen.
It said the offer is valid for six months.
The bounties were set to “inspire and encourage our Muslim nation for jihad,” the statement said.
I’d like to express some confidence that the Obama Administration has learned some lessons about protecting its ambassadors, but I see no reason for such confidence, since absolutely no one paid any price whatsoever for the death of the U.S. ambassador to Libya, and the President has conceded nothing except a bit of “sloppiness.” It looks like al-Qaeda wants to find out if the operation in Yemen is “sloppy,” too.