The United Nations revealed the arrest of the leader of the Al-Qaeda branch in Yemen several months ago, which paves the way for the disclosure of a lot of information to the anti-terrorist agencies in their campaign against “Al-Qaeda,” according to what media reported.
According to the United Nations, the leader of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Khaled Batarfi, was arrested, and the second man in the organization, Saad Atef Al-Awlaki, was killed during “an operation in the Yemeni city of Al-Ghaydah in Al-Mahra governorate in October.”
The arrest of Batarfi was revealed in a broad report to the United Nations Security Council by United Nations observers tracking the global jihadist terrorist threat, and who also warned of a possible escalation in ISIS terrorist attacks, in connection with the easing of Corona restrictions.
This is the first time that Khaled Batarfi’s arrest has been officially confirmed. The United Nations did not provide further details about his arrest or his current place of detention.
In early October, the SITE intelligence group noted “unconfirmed reports” indicating that Yemeni security forces had arrested Batarfi in Al-Mahra governorate and then handed him over to Saudi Arabia.
Khaled Batarfi became the leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in early 2020 after his predecessor was killed in a US air strike, and he was in his forties, from a Yemeni family, but he was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He trained with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan before 9/11, and later joined Al Qaedas branch in Yemen. Batarfi became one of the group’s main ideologists, and according to the United Nations he helped oversee its foreign operations before becoming a leader.