The leader of al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia recently issued a statement denouncing Saudi claims of his death. Saleh al-Oufi disappeared in 2004, and was presumed dead, until resurfacing in March. He has issued five tape recorded messages recently, as well as a textual clarification. In the explanation of the message that follows, al-Oufi asserts that the Saudi Arabian and Iraqi al-Qaeda organizations have continued to strengthen their membership and capability for survival in the face of international prosecution. Additionally al-Oufi outlines strategies for mujahideen troops on the Kuwaiti/Iraqi border.
Outlining possible future strategies of the mujahideen, al-Oufi suggests ?if the element of borders disappears...the transportation of food supplies will be impossible? and further that ?the mujahideen in Iraq, Kuwait, and Saudi Arabia should concentrate on hitting oil (facilities)? in order to make air transport financially untenable for the American military.
A full translation of the statement is provided to our Intel Service members.