The newly appointed leader of Al-Qaeda’s Yemen branch called for attacks on the United States, as the U.N. announced the start of a weeklong truce in the war-torn country.
“All of you must direct and gather your arrows and swords against it,” the U.S.-based SITE monitoring group quoted Qassim al-Raymi as saying in an audio recording which was posted on social media. It said he was referring to the United States.
The recorded speech was his first since taking over after the death of Nasser al-Wuhayshi.
The call for attacks came as the U.N. said it expects an unconditional weeklong humanitarian pause in the fighting in Yemen to start Friday to allow the delivery of aid to some of the 21 million people in need.A Saudi-led coalition of Arab states has been bombing Iranian-allied Houthi rebels since late March in a bid to restore to power Yemen’s President Abed Rabbou Mansour Hadi, who has fled to Riyadh.