Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, AQAP, condemns the boycott of Qatar by other Arab countries due to the country’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood and its role in Yemen. Recently, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt cut their ties with Qatar and drafted a list of individuals designated as terrorists sponsored by Qatar. Al-Qaeda’s leader Khalid Batarfi publicly called this step “war against Islam and the Muslims”.
Al-Qaeda obviously has links to the Muslim Brotherhood which were confirmed by public comments on joint attacks of both groups in Yemen. Furthermore it is a fact that most leaders of AQAP were members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Although the Brotherhood seemed to be hostile to Al-Qaeda in 2011 and 2012 in order to gain political influence in Yemen, the relations between the two groups returned in 2014.
An expert on Yemeni Islamist groups explained that AQAP’s statement serves as a guide to Muslim Brotherhood members that dialogue with the opponents is useless and that jihad is the only appropriate means to react to this situation. In Al-Qaeda’s latest issue of Al-Masra weekly the group attacks the Arab countries because of their campaign against Qatar and its Emir.