The region was once a stronghold of alQaida
in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), an affiliate of the global terrorist organization.
The resolution goes on to reaffirm that payment of ransoms to individuals, groups, undertakings or entities on the AlQaida
Sanctions List, regardless of how or by whom the ransom is paid is considered a violation of international legal obligations.
Although operations against alQaida
's Yemen affiliate will continue, the closure of the embassy will be seen as a blow to the Obama administration, which has held up its partnership with ousted Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi's government as a model for his strategy in combating terrorism, particularly in unstable countries.
Shortly after his release, he fled the country and is believed to have settled in Europe, probably in Germany, before returning to Afghanistan in the late1990s and making the acquaintance of some of alQaida
's most prominent figures.
SAUDI Arabia killed four suspected terrorists, including the reputed leader of alQaida
in the kingdom, it was reported yesterday.
Just two months ago 34 people died and dozens more were injured when alQaida
terrorists were behind four explosions at an expatriates' residential complex in Riyadh.
The current strengthening of security is precautionary and is related to action being taken in other countries and the possibility that the end of the religious festival of Eid may erroneously be used by alQaida
and associated networks to mount attacks.''
"The leaders discussed the ongoing efforts of the Afghan National Security Forces to improve security in Afghanistan and the importance of countering extremist threats from groups like alQaida
," the statement added.
The group known variously as Isil, Isis or Islamic State, now considered to be in "competition" for influence with alQaida
, he says, is spreading its depredations from its bases in Iraq and Syria to the rest of the Middle East.
Homeland and alQaida
core is still a significant group that has capabilities.
Any individual or entity that provides financial or material support to the group, including the provision of arms or recruits, is eligible to be added to the AlQaida
Sanctions List and subject to sanctions measures.
The assessment covers potential attacks by alQaida
or linked extremist groups.
We must stay and give the people of Iraq a chance of democracy; to do otherwise would be an act of cowardice by giving in to the terror of AlQaida
It was the first major strike by militants inside Saudi Arabia since May and seemed a clear sign that the Saudi government's crackdown on alQaida
linked extremists has not yet entirely succeeded.
One said he believed the suspects were ``members of alQaida
cells'' because of similarities between weapons they used and how they ``immediately shoot at the police when cornered''.