Ali Abdullah Saleh’s government in Yemen supported and even helped direct Al- Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), according to allegations made to Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit.
A former Al-Qaeda operative who says he later became an informant for the Yemeni government made the claim during three days of interviews in a location outside the Gulf.
Hani Muhammad Mujahid, 38, told Al Jazeera that “many Al-Qaeda leaders were under the complete control of Ali Abdullah Saleh,” who was ousted as Yemen’s president in February 2012 amid a popular uprising. “Ali Abdullah Saleh turned Al-Qaeda into an organized criminal gang. He was not only playing with the West. He was playing with the entire world.”
Mujahid’s claims appear in a new documentary, Al-Qaeda Informant, which can be viewed in the YouTube player above.
The film explores Mujahid’s claims that: