Al-Qaeda in Yemen says France now bigger enemy than US

Published January 31st, 2015 - 07:17 GMT

Al-Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP) has named France as its top enemy over the US, AFP has reported.

The group's chief ideological leader Ibrahim al-Rubaish said this was because of the "weakening" of the US in recent years. He made his comments in an audio message published to YouTube by AQAP.

One of AQAP's senior leaders recently claimed that the group was behind the deadly Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris that left 12 people dead.

Al-Rubaish on Friday called for further attacks against the West and singled out France. He also urged Muslims to target anyone who criticized the Prophet Mohammad.

AQAP was formed in 2009 after militants in Yemen and Saudi Arabia came together.

Ibrahim al-Rubaish was release from Guantanamo prison in 2006.

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