CAIRO – The military leader of al-Qaida's Yemeni branch says Americans will not be safe unless their leaders respect the security of other nations and do not attack or oppress them.
In a message addressed "to the American nation," Qassim al-Rimi, commander of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, said: "your security is not achieved by despoiling other nations' security or by attacking and oppressing them."
The six-minute English-subtitled audio, posted on a militant website late Saturday, implored Americans to "leave us with our religion, land and nations and mind your own internal affairs."
Al-Rimi said the bombing of the Boston marathon in April, and the recent sending of ricin-tainted letters "indicate that the control of your security has broken away." The video was produced by al-Qaida's media arm, al-Malahem Foundation.