Al-Qaeda Leaders Are Leaving Iran to Settle In Yemen

The Al-Qaeda leaders, among them their former spokesman, the Kuwaiti Suleiman Abu Gheith, had recently left Iran to settle in Yemen, announced Thursday the Kuwaiti daily newspaper Al-Qabas, citing a report by an European intelligence service.

The information appears in a confidential report sent to some security officials in the Gulf and in other Arabian countries, says Al-Qabas, citing unidentified sources.

Many al-Qaida leaders fled to Iran after the U.S. invasion in Afghanistan, immediately after the attacks from September 11, 2001 and some of them were detained by the Iranian authorities.

“Some of these leaders are now in Yemen, which oversees the activities of the network in the country located in the southern Arabian Peninsula,” says the report quoted by Al-Qabas.

Beside Abu Gheith, and some other suspected al-Qaeda leaders, including the Kuwaiti citizens and of other Arabian countries have been installed in Yemen, according to the report, which says nothing about how they managed to escape from Iran.

Kuwait, a close U.S. ally, withdrew the citizenship of Abu Gheith, because of its alleged links with terrorist attacks from September 11.

Yemen is facing increasing threats from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQPA), the Saudi-Yemeni branch of Osama bin Laden’s network.