AL QAEDA - Bounty On Head of US Ambassador/US Soldier(s)
CUT and PASTED FROM: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/al-qaeda-targets-ambassador-article-1.1231169 - - This article isbeing shared for INFORMATIONAL and EDUCATIONAL purposes and in accordance with Federal Laws.WorldAl Qaeda puts a $160K gold bounty on the head ofAmericas ambassador to YemenState Department says it is taking the threat to Gerald Feierstein,longtime diplomat, seriouslyBy Ben Chapman / NEW YORK DAILY NEWSPublished: Tuesday, January 1, 2013, 6:30 PMUpdated: Wednesday, January 2, 2013, 2:46 AMAmericas ambassador to Yemen, Gerald Feierstein, has been targeted by Al Qaeda, which is offering threekilos of gold for his murder.Al Qaeda terrorists in Yemen have offered a golden bounty for the killing of the U.S. ambassador, sendingAmerican troops — and even the diplomat’s mother — into high alert.The terrorists offered three kilos of gold, worth $160,000, for the head of Ambassador Gerald Feierstein.
A smaller bounty — roughly $23,000 — is being offered to anyone who kills a U.S. soldier in Yemen.The threats, which were posted online Saturday, have terrified Feierstein’s elderly mother, who learned of thebounty Monday.“I’m worried about it,” said Rose Feierstein, 94, a retired government worker who lives in Florida. “I hope he hassufficient security over there so he won’t be harmed, but I don’t know how good the security is.”Feierstein said she got a phone call from her son wishing her a happy new year a few days ago. He didn’t mentionthe price on his head, though Feierstein believes he knew.IntelCenterMilitants run roughshod in Yemen, an Al Qaeda stronghold.“I guess he didn’t want us to be alarmed,” said Feierstein, who’s been panicked since she learned of the bounty.“I’m proud of him for achieving the ambassadorship but I wish it weren’t in Yemen because it’s making meworry,” said Feierstein.A State Department spokesman said U.S. forces in Yemen were ready to face the threats made by Al Qaeda towardFeierstein and U.S. soldiers there.
STRINGER/EPAEarlier this year, Libyan ambassdor Chris Stevens was killed in Benghazi.“We take these threats very seriously,” said agency spokesman Peter Velasco. “Our embassy in Yemen alreadyoperates in a highly sensitive and difficult situation. We continue to support the government, military and people ofYemen.”
A creepy, unidentified voice offered the bounty on Feierstein and U.S. soldiers in a recording produced by AlQaeda’s media arm and posted on militant websites Saturday.The huge rewards for the killings were meant to “inspire and encourage our Muslim nation for jihad,” the brazenmessage said. The offer is valid for six months.It is extremely rare for terrorists to place a bounty on the head of a living American diplomat, but Al Qaeda killersare targeting U.S. officials in the Middle East.In September Al Qaeda terrorists in Libya killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans in thecountry’s eastern city of Benghazi.The last time an American ambassador was killed while on duty was 1979, when Afghanistan envoy Adolph Dubs,was kidnapped and killed during an attempt to rescue him.Feierstein, a specialist in Near East and South Asian Affairs, entered the Foreign Service in 1975, and served eightoverseas assignments, most recently in Pakistan, before taking the dangerous Yemen post.He is married with two grown daughters and a son, Adam, a United States Marine Corps veteran who served twocombat tours in Iraq.The threat to Feierstein comes as the U.S. increased attacks on Al Qaeda targets in Yemen. American dronesunleashed at least 42 air strikes on militant targets in the country in 2012, up from 10 in 2011, according to theFoundation for the Defense of Democracies.Chris Ratcliffe/BloombergThe three kilos of gold are worth $160,000.
The attacks on Al Qaeda in Yemen killed 193 terrorists and 35 civilians in 2012, up from 81 terrorists and 35civilians in 2011, the group said.U.S. military forces have helped Yemen’s army maintain control since Arab Spring protests roiled the country in2012, but militants continue to launch attacks on security forces.Most recently, gunmen in the capital of Sanaa shot and killed two intelligence officers as they were leaving asecurity facility there Sunday, officials said.