YEMEN: Al-Qaeda group threatens to kill American hostage, Luke Somers, unless Obama meets its demands

SITE Intelligence Group obtained a video from al-Qaeda Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) showing American hostage Luke Somers, with AQAP official Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi threatening the American government that it will execute him if their demands are not met.

SITE  The 3-minute video shows Ansi speaking about American criminality in the Muslim world and recent actions in Yemen, and warning that Somers will meet his “inevitable fate” of the U.S. does not respond to the group’s demands in three days. He added: “We warn Obama and the American government of the consequences of proceeding ahead in any other foolish action.”

AQAP official Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi

AQAP official Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi

Somers appears afterwards and gives a statement in English:

“My name is Luke Somers. I’m 33 years old. I was born in England, but I carry American citizenship and have lived in America for most of my life. It’s now been well over a year since I’ve been kidnapped in Sana’a. Basically, I’m looking for any help that can get me out of this situation. I’m certain that my life is in danger. So as I sit here now, I ask if anything can be done, please let it be done. Thank you very much.”

According to reports, Somers, a photojournalist, was kidnapped in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a, in September 2013.

The three-minute tape begins with senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) official Nasser bin Ali al-Ansi seated at a desk and holding a sheaf of papers which he slowly reads from. After voicing a host of grievances over U.S. counter-terrorism operations in Yemen, Iraq, Somalia and Pakistan, the henna-bearded Al-Ansi said AQAP is giving President Obama “a time-frame of three days from the issuance of this statement to meet our demands about which they are aware.”

“Otherwise, the American hostage held by us will meet his inevitable fate,” he adds chillingly in his Arabic statement. “We warn Obama and the American government of the consequences of proceeding ahead in any other foolish action.”

Luke Somers

Luke Somers