Al-Qaida escapee lashes out at US Saudi allies

May 30, 2007 10:51

In a new Internet video posting Wednesday, an al-Qaida militant who escaped from a US prison in Afghanistan lashed out at Saudi Arabia' royal family for its alliance with the United States. The 45-minute video of Abu Yahia al-Libi, who broke out of the Bagram Air Base prison north of Kabul in 2005, was monitored by the IntelCenter, a US government contractor that monitors al-Qaida messaging. According to their transcript, al-Libi, whose nom de guerre means "the Libyan" in Arabic, gives a lengthy diatribe against the Saudi ruling family, accusing it of seeking White House's "praise" and a pat on "their shoulders in expression of pleasure and gratitude at their actions."

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