Sacked Sergeant is New al-Qaeda Chief in Saudi Arabia

(Guardian-UK) Brian Whitaker - Salih al-Oufi, 38, a former sergeant in the Saudi security forces, has been appointed head of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula after the death of Abd al-Aziz al-Muqrin in a gun battle on Friday. Oufi was no. 5 on a list of the 26 most-wanted suspects issued by the Saudi authorities last December. The swift replacement of Muqrin by Oufi appears to confirm that despite numerous arrests and killings, the militant groups are able to regenerate themselves.

2004-06-22 00:00:00

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