Al-Qaeda in Yemen offers 20kg of gold for Houthi leader or ex-president

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A bounty of 20 kilograms of gold has been promised by Al-Qaeda for the capture or killing of the leader of Yemen’s Houthi rebels and his closest ally, ex-president Ali Abdullah Saleh, SITE monitoring group said.

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) announced the bounty in a video released through its media arm on Wednesday.

The Shiite Muslim Houthi rebels, who took control of Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, in 2014 and are now on the offensive in the southern part of the country, are led by Abdel-Malek al-Houthi.

Al-Houthi, known to be an efficient battlefield commander, established himself as a revolutionary leader, following mass protests in Yemen 2011.

There’s little information about the rebel strong man, reportedly in his early 30s, as he tries to keep a low profile, rarely appearing in public or talking to the press.

The Houthi offensive is supported by soldiers loyal to former President Saleh…

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