Al-Qaḥṭānī the founder of Ṣadā al-Malāḥim (Echoes of epic battles):
The Saudi national Nāyf Al-Qaḥṭānī is one of the principle activists in the land of Yemen. He was once a distinguished member of “Jamāʿah Anṣār ash-Sharīʿah (The group of promoters of Islamic law)” which is affiliated with al-Qaidah. He set out from one of the local neighborhoods towards Zinjibar in order to participate in the fighting. He was killed on the 12th of November in the bombing and subsequent clashes in the northern outskirts of the city’s capital Abyan in the south of Yemen.
Nāyf ibn Muḥammad Al-Qaḥṭānī was added to the list generated by the [Saudi] Security Council on the 11th of May 2010. He is a prominent organizer of al-Qaidah in the Arabian peninsula. His primary responsibility was to work as a liaison between the cells found in Yemen and the cells in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. He also was responsible for a number of the group’s operations in Yemen and received outside funding for carrying out attacks upon targets in both Yemen and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
In addition to planning, funding, and overseeing terrorist attacks, Al-Qaḥṭānī was also used as a vocal advocate for al-Qaidah in the Arabian peninsula under the alias “Sayf Muḥammad”. He was also from those who participated in organizing the magazine “Ṣadā al-Malāḥim (Echoes of epic battles)” which was distributed by the group over the internet. He was involved in providing content for at least five issues that were published between the years 2008-2009.
Rather, al-Qaḥṭānī is considered the founder of the media department of the al-Qaidah organization in the Arabian peninsula and the magazine Ṣadā al-Malāḥim (Echoes of epic battles) when it first came to Yemen in the year 2007. Al-Qaḥṭānī once he became established in his media related position for the organization, he was accepted into the militarily active wing of the organization and began training in light and heavy arms as well as bomb making. He then ascended to the position of trainer and founded the “al-Khayr encampment” which trained ʿAbdullah al-ʿAsīrī who was the individual who attempted to assassinate Prince Muḥmmad ibn Nāyf at the end of August in 2009.
It is believed that Al-Qaḥṭānī was the one who planned and financed the operation that bombed the United States Embassy in Sanaa on the 17th of September, 2008 which resulted in the death of nineteen people including the attackers; since Al-Qaḥṭānī had written an article after the attack which discussed the event.
He is also associated with a plan to attack a police compound which resulted in the killing of one person and the injuring of eighteen others. The al-Qaidah affiliate group in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack on the 25th of July, 2008.
In March of 2008, Al-Qaḥṭānī published a letter entitled: “So let’s go to Yemen” on one of the al-Qaidah affiliate sites on the internet. He encouraged citizens of the kingdom to relocate to Yemen in order to avoid their own detention. He also mentioned that there is no use for those who relocate to Yemen to be dismayed because of financial issues related to their own relocation suggesting that he will be able to provide money for whoever accepts his advice.
Al-Qaḥṭānī in a meeting that was held in January of 2008, gave his vow of allegiance (bayʿah) to Usāmah ibn Lādin the deceased leader of al-Qaidah. He also committed himself to obeying the leader of al-Qaidah in the Arabian peninsula Nāṣir ibn ʿAbdul-Karīm ibn ʿAbdullah al-Wuḥayshī. And Al-Qaḥṭānī openly called to the use of terrorism as a means of achieving the goals of the organization.
And even before the establishment of al-Qaidah in the Arabian peninsula Al-Qaḥṭānī participated in funding terrorist acts and plotting for their execution. Indeed, Al-Qaḥṭānī focused his attention upon vital oil infrastructure for Saudi Arabia; such that the attacks that he launched were not restricted to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. In September of 2006, the Yemeni sultanate accused him of smuggling the explosives that were used in two different suicide attacks launched against oil facilities in Yemen. And after the establishment of al-Qaidah in the Arabian peninsula, Al-Qaḥṭānī continued planning attacks that targeted other facilities that produced oil.
Al-Qaḥṭānī was number 81 on the list of the 85 most wanted individuals that were announced by the Saudi Ministry of the interior in 2010. And various sources and press reports reveal that there is little doubt that Al-Qaḥṭānī was the individual talking on the telephone with Prince Muḥammad ibn Nāyf who was talking with someone from al-Qaidah in Yemen while the bomber ʿAbdullah ibn Ḥasan al-ʿAsīrī was sitting in his presence just moments before his failed assassination attempt.
The leadership of al-Qaidah in the Arabian peninsula have confirmed his death in one of their battles at a time when the Saudi Interior Ministry declared him to be a wanted terrorist in 2010. However, the Saudi Interior Ministry responded shortly after the announcement of his death by saying that Al-Qaḥṭānī would remain on their list of wanted terrorists and would not be omitted from it. This indicates that his prosicution was considered ongoing in the nations who were informed of his affair via Interpol.