Jawa Report Exclusive: Top AQAP terrorist Fahd al Quso (I'm Alive) interview: I'm better off in Yemen (Sticky)

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Convicted USS Cole bomber, Fahd al Quso, who is on the FBIs MWT list as well as the UNs 1267 listing, dispels reports of his death with an interview with a Yemeni journalist, Arafat Mudabish, for Asharq al-Awsat in Yemen's Shabwa province. Al Quso, wearing the brown scarf, was previously reported killed in Pakistan in September 2010. Al Quso expressed surprise at reports of his death, noting he is better off in Yemen than Pakistan. A write up here at Nasher News via google translate:

He was surprised by "rumors" of his death, and also surprised by the reports of its presence in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. He added "On the contrary I was in Yemen better under crisis situations with the Yemeni government."

Al Quso did not deny or confirm the existence of the camps of Al Qaeda in the mountains of Shabwa which is protected by the tribes there, but he said that the shelling of his ranch in the area in December of last year, killing five people and destroying farm. (ed-This is was a US air strike, per Wikileaks.)

He criticized the Yemeni government Bowl, and said that it inflated the size of an al Qaeda presence in Yemen in order to "justify the killing of innocent people in the bombing, which occurs in some areas."

Fahd al Quo stressed that he had received offers from the Yemeni government which invited him to surrender himself in exchange for guarantees and promises did not talk about details.
For more, see "Al Quso" at Armies of Liberation

UPDATE by Rusty: Long War Journal also on the case, noting that the reports of al Quso's death were almost immediately denied.

Posted by: JaneNovak at 12:28 PM

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