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Sacked sergeant is new al-Qaida chief in Saudi Arabia

A former sergeant in the Saudi security forces has been appointed head of al-Qaida in the kingdom after the death of Abd al-Aziz al-Muqrin, the previous leader, in a gun battle on Friday. Paying tribute to Muqrin for “having prepared sincere men from among the combatants to succeed him and carry on the jihad”, an internet statement signed by “al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula” named the terror group’s new commander as Salih al-Oufi. Oufi, 38, was allegedly among the 19 militants who started a wave of attacks just over a year ago with the bombing of housing compounds in Riyadh that left 35 people dead. He is believed to be a cousin of Majed Moqed, one of five hijackers aboard the American Airlines plane that crashed into the Pentagon on September 11 2001. Full Story

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