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Qaeda-held Saudi diplomat in Yemen appeals for his release

Saudi diplomat Abdullah al-Khalidi who was abducted by Al-Qaeda in Yemen appeals to Saudi King Abdullah to meet the militants' demands and save his life

AFP , Saturday 26 May 2012
Abdullah al-Khalidi
Abdullah al-Khalidi is the third Saudi to be kidnapped in Yemen in as many years. (File photo: Alarabiya.net)
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A Saudi diplomat kidnapped nearly a month ago in Yemen's south appealed to King Abdullah to fulfill the demands of Al-Qaeda to secure his release, according to a video posted on jihadist forums.

"I appeal to King Abdullah ... and the Saudi government to save me and release me from Al-Qaeda organisation in return for releasing the sisters detained in (Saudi) general investigation prisons and fulfilling the remaining demands of the organisation," Abdullah al-Khalidi said in the video, posted late on Friday, and published by SITE Intelligence Group.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula abducted Khalidi, Saudi Arabia's deputy consul in Yemen's main southern city of Aden, on March 28 in a bid to secure the release of prisoners and collect a ransom.

"I also appeal to the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques to return me to my family, my children and my wife," said Khalidi who appeared calm in the nearly four-minute video.

Khalidi talked about what he said was the work of the Saudi consulate in Aden saying it "recruits collaborators and spies who work directly with the consulate by gathering information, monitoring posts held by Al-Qaeda, as well as its leaders and jihadists."

"This information is sent to US forces which raid these targets using drones," Khalidi says.

Attacks on Al-Qaeda by Yemeni forces and suspected US drones have increased lately, including an air raid on May 6 that killed jihadist network leader Fahd al-Quso, wanted by Washington in connection with the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Aden harbour.

US media reported that a Saudi spy, reportedly a "mole" or "double agent," spent weeks with AQAP and garnered sensitive information that allowed the CIA to launch the drone strike against Quso.

Khalidi is the third Saudi to be kidnapped in Yemen in as many years.

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