Yemen: Al-Qaeda commander declares jihad against Shi'ites

No Caliph needed to declare jihad. But  enlightened progressives and their Muselmanic handlers keep telling us that jihad means ‘inner struggle’, so there’s nothing  here that should concern us:

He says it’s in retaliation for an earlier Shi’ite attack, which is par for the course: jihadis today always frame their attacks as defensive. This is most likely because in the absence of a caliph, there is no Sunni authority authorized to declare offensive jihad.

Note also that Iran’s Ahlul Bayt News Agency, which is run exclusively by Muslims, has no problem translating jihad as “holy war.” Apparently the “jihad does not mean holy war” memos that circulate among Islamic spokesmen in America don’t make their way to Tehran.

“Yemen al-Qaeda Terrorist commander declares war against Shiite Muslims,” from theAhlul Bayt News Agency, January 29 via JW:

Leader of al-Qaeda militants in Yemen declared “Jihad” against the Houthi-led northern Shiite fighters, in an audio message posted on the internet by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Friday.Yemen al-Qaeda Terrorist commander declares war against Shiite Muslims(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) – Leader of al-Qaeda militants in Yemen declared “Jihad” against the Houthi-led northern Shiite fighters, in an audio message posted on the internet by al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Friday.

“To our Wahhabi fellows in northern Yemeni provinces of Saada, Al- Jouf and Amran, we (AQAP) announced jihad (holy war) against Houthi Shiites” Saeed Ali al-Shihri, deputy leader of the Yemen-based AQAP.

“The jihad against northern Shiites has been declared since the implementation of the AQAP’s twin killed car bombing attacks against innocent convoys of the Shiite followers in northern provinces of Al-Jouf and Saada on Nov. 24 and Nov. 26 of the last year,” he said.

In the 17-minute audiotape, the Saudi fugitive al-Shihri justified his group’s war against the Shiite fighters by claiming that the sectarian-motivated Houthis attacked and displaced many Wahhabi militants in the north.

Last December, the Wahhabi-devoted AQAP claimed responsibility for twin suicide car bombings against convoys of the Shiite fighters’ followers in northern provinces of Al-Jouf and Saada on Nov. 24 and Nov. 26, 2010, which left over than 90 Shiite followers martyred, including the group’s Shiite spiritual leader Bader al-Deen al- Houthi….