Posters glorifying the 9/11 hijackers and late terrorist leader Osama bin Laden were displayed in the city of Mukalla in Yemen this week in a three-day event dubbed “O Aqsa, We Are Coming,” organized by Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). The event’s title refers to the Al-Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
According to a report by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), the AQAP-affiliated Al-Athir media agency shared photos from the first evening of the event on Twitter, showing hundreds of people, many of them youths, in attendance.
The event, which began Wednesday, features several activities, including Islamic music performances, martial arts, speeches, and video presentations. Posters displayed at the event show several deceased Al-Qaeda commanders, including bin Laden, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, and Saeed al-Shihri.
The MEMRI report said that the phrase “O Aqsa, we are coming,” has become almost an official sign-off for AQAP in any productions by its official media arm, al-Malahem.