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Al Qaeda In The Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)
Once Osama bin Laden's aide-de-camp, Wahishi is the top leader of AQAP. In February 2006, Wahishi was among 23 al-Qaeda militants who broke out of a detention facility in Sanaa, Yemen's capital.
In May 2011, al-Wahishi posted a eulogy for the slain al-Qaeda leader on Islamic extremist websites in which he warned Americans "the matter will not be over" with bin Laden's death and that "what is coming is greater and worse." He said "jihad is glowing brighter" now than during bin Laden's life.
Three months later, he vowed to continue the fight against the regime and Western powers. He condemned U.S. drone attacks on Yemen, which have killed civilians, and the "silence" of Yemen's leaders to these attacks.
"My soldiers and those soldiers with me in the Arab gulf... will not give up nor give in until Islam is ruling by God's will and strength," al-Wahishi said. "Our war against the Zionist Crusaders remains, for they have chosen this war."
<em>This file image provided by IntelCenter on Wednesday Dec. 30, 2009 and taken from a video released Jan. 23, 2009 by al-Malahim Media Foundation, the media arm of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, shows a man IntelCenter identifies as Nasser al-Wahishi, the leader of the group. (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)</em>