Anti-terror operations broadened regionally, globally

Saudi Arabia warns of Al-Qaeda threats

Security measures to track down Al-Qaeda members in several regional and western nations

Yemen's Interior Ministry has arrested a Yemeni man suspected of financing the local Al-Qaeda branch.

The ministry said in a statement that Saleh al-Rimi, a 33-year-old Yemeni living in neighboring Saudi Arabia, was stopped at the airport a day earlier because his name appeared on a security list that identified him as a financier of Al-Qaeda.

Al Qaeda has been expanding its presence in Yemen, with a number of its leaders arriving from Saudi Arabia in recent years. Lately the group began targeting Yemeni security forces in brazen attacks in major cities.

Last week, three soldiers were killed in separate ambushes by suspected Al-Qaeda gunmen in southern Yemen. Tension is rising there after attackers killed a local security chief.

Meanwhile, The security spokesman at the Interior Ministry said that specialists at Mohammad bin Naif Center for Advice and Care have received a call from the wanted for security agencies whose name was announced on 7/2/1430 H.

Jabir bin Jobran bin Ali Alfaifi who earlier was returned from Guantanamo Bay and enrolled in the care program before joining symbols of sedition of the followers of the deviant group residing abroad. In his call, he spoke about the reality of the situation of the citizens who were misled under false claims.

In a statement issued by the Interior Ministry, the spokesman said that they found themselves to be tools in the hands of enemies of the homeland and its sound course derived from the Book of Allah, the Almighty, and the Sunnah of His Prophet peace be upon him and his good companions, using them as fuel for sedition. Having no control over their fate, they have been put in situations that only serve schemes of the enemies of the nation and only aim at spreading chaos and unrest and legitimizing murders, rapes and stealing the money of civilians in the areas in which they reside and which are run by adopters of the deviant thought who have made them a means for earning and misleading propaganda.

The statement added that Jabir Alfaifi expressed remorse for his behavior and discovered the gravity of his actions and has shown his assertive desire to return to the homeland and give himself up to the security agencies as the return to the right is better than persisting in falsehood.

The statement pointed out that the competent authorities took over the coordination with security agencies in the sisterly Republic of Yemen which thankfully secured his return to the Kingdom and was reunited with his family upon his arrival.

As the Ministry of Interior announces this, it calls on all those abroad, who have become aware of what is wanted for them by the symbols of sedition and corruption, to return to their senses and surrender themselves. This will be taken into account when considering their fate.

Allah is the Guide to the Straight Path.

Saudi Arabia warned other countries of a new terror threat by an al Qaeda offshoot based in neighboring Yemen, the Interior Ministry said.

The Saudi warning is the latest in a series of alerts from security services in the United States and North Africa that have spiked fears of potential terror attacks in France and across Europe.

France said that Saudi intelligence warned European officials that "Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula was doubtless active or envisioned being active" on the "European continent, notably France."

Asked about France's comments, Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman Gen. Mansour al-Turki told The Associated Press that Saudi officials had shared intelligence.

"Saudi Arabia has exchanged information with concerned parties as part of its effort to combat al-Qaeda terrorism," he said. He did not name specific countries.

French Interior Minister Brice Hortefeux said that France had received warning of a potential al Qaeda attack "in the last few hours, few days."

This followed other warnings.

Hortefeux said the international police organization Interpol signaled on Sept. 9 an "Islamist threat on a world scale, and notably on the European continent."

A week later, France received a report -- later judged not fully credible -- of a possible attack by a woman suicide bomber.

Intelligence sources in North Africa and the United States also contacted France about a potential threat, Hortefeux said.