U.S. officials won’t comment on that, but every frame of the video is now being analyzed by the United States. In the middle of the clip, the man known as al Qaeda’s crown prince, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, appears brazenly out in the open, greeting followers in Yemen. Al-Wuhayshi, the #2 leader and the head of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, has said he wants to attack the United States.
The video started appearing on jihadist websites recently, drawing the attention of U.S. officials and global terrorism experts. U.S. officials say they believe it’s authentic. The video shows al-Wuhayshi addressing more than 100 fighters somewhere within Yemen on the southwestern portion of the Arabian Peninsula.
Al-Wuhayshi doesn’t mince words about his mission. In a speech to the group, he makes it clear that he’s going after the United States, saying “We must eliminate the cross. … The bearer of the cross is America!”