Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince who has initiated a spree of social and economic reforms in the kingdom has been warned for his “sinful projects” by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. The warning was published in a bulletin released on Friday.
Some of the social reforms that have been initiated by Prince Mohammed include reinstating cinemas and allowing women to drive which has caused a stir in the ultraconservative Saudi Arabia.
“The new era of Bin Salman replaced mosques with movie theatres,” the Yemen-based jihadist group said in its Madad news bulletin which was noted by the SITE Intelligence Group.
He “substituted books that belonged to the imams… with absurdities of the atheists and secularists from the east and the west and opened the door wide for corruption and moral degradation,” it said.
The war in Yemen where Saudi Arabia is actively involved and is the leader of a military coalition fighting against the Shiite Huthi rebels has given a chance for the flourishing of the Sunni jihadist group AQAP.
The WWE Royal Rumble event that was organized in April in the Saudi coastal city of Jeddah which is close to the Islam’s most holy city of Mecca has been clammed by the AQAP in its statement.
“(Foreign) disbelieving wrestlers exposed their privates and on most of them was the sign of the cross, in front of a mixed gathering of young Muslim men and women,” it said.
“The corruptors did not stop at that, for every night musical concerts are being announced, as well as movies and circus shows,” SITE quoted it as saying.
The United State has been running a drone campaign for a long time targeting the AQAP in southern Yemen. The US has identified the organization as the most dangerous branch of the extremist group Al-Qaeda.
The infighting and civil wat r in Yemen has resulted in the death of more than 10,000 people, while tens of thousands have been wounded. The fighting has also put millions on the brink of famine.
In 2015, Saudi Arabia and its allies joined the conflict and civil war that was ongoing in Yemen between the Huthi rebels there and the local government which was then under the now-exiled President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.
They have been put on the black list of the United States on accusations of killing and maiming of children.
There have been allegations that the Iran supported Huthi rebels have been negligent of the role of protection of civilians and for the protection of children as well as targeting the press and minorities.
The rebels have controlled the capital Sanaa since 2014.
(Adapted from TheTimesofIndia.com)