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Yemen: Qaeda Affiliate Urges Joint Blockade of Red Sea

Published: February 9, 2010

The Yemen-based wing of Al Qaeda called Monday for a regional holy war and a blockade of the Red Sea to cut off shipments to Israel. In an audio recording posted on a jihadist Web site, the group’s deputy leader, Said Ali al-Shihri, called on the Somali insurgent group Shabab to help block the strait that separates Yemen from the Horn of Africa. The Shabab does not control the African side of the strait.