Thursday, May 5, 2011

Al Qaeda Member Surrenders, Saudi Arabia Says

In the wake of Osama bin Laden's demise, is al Qaeda falling apart? 

The Saudi Interior Ministry said today that a senior al Qaeda member on Riyadh's most-wanted list named Khaled al-Qahtani called from abroad and turned himself in. 

"Interior Ministry's spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said in a statement Wednesday that Khaled Hathal Abdullah al-Atifi al-Qahtani contacted the security authorities from an undisclosed country and expressed his wish to come home," the Associated Press reports. 

"Al-Qahtani was reunited with his family and his surrender will be taken into consideration while looking into his case, Al-Turki said." 

The Saudi Interior Ministry spokesman did not indicate when Khaled al-Qahtani gave himself up, but many members of the group's Yemeni wing, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), have recently fled from Yemen.