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CAIRO, (AP) – The leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is urging Yemenis in a new audio recording to rise up against the government.

The audio message was released on militant Web sites Thursday.

In it, Naser Abdel Karim al-Wahishi also calls on Arabs in Saudi Arabia and Gulf countries to help their brothers in Yemen.

Al-Wahishi is Yemen’s most wanted fugitive. He leads the formation which includes al-Qaeda in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. He was among 23 al-Qaeda figures who escaped from a Yemeni prison in 2006.

Yemen is re-emerging as a terrorist battleground and potential base of operations for al-Qaeda.

The authenticity of the recording could not be independently verified.