Al-Qaeda’s branch in Yemen, known as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), is offering a substantial bounty to anyone who kills the U.S. ambassador to the country—who is Jewish—or any American solider in Yemen, the Associated Press reported.
An audio produced by the group’s media arm, the al-Malahem Foundation, on Dec. 29 revealed that $160,000 is being offered for the ambassador, Gerald Feierstein, and $23,000 for an American soldier.
The U.S. government considers AQAP to be the international terrorist group’s most dangerous branch and believes the group was behind the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi in September that killed Amb. Christopher Stevens. One of the AQAP’s leaders was American-born Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed by a drone strike in 2011.
Feierstein’s religion is of particular concern in the latest threat. On numerous websites, much is made of Feierstein’s Jewishness, with the usual conspiracy claims of Zionist control of foreign countries and connections to the Mossad, according to the Jewish Press.