AQAP has also provided refuge for the Yemeni-American cleric shaykh Anwar al-Awlaki.
The shaykh was departing when the Prince, shrewdly suspecting it was he who feared, called him back.
Then he said to the shaykh, "Stand thou here, and tell me as I shall ask."
Now as we were feasting that day at the time of the setting of the sun, the shaykh entered the room where we sat, and greeted us.
"Persians they are," replied the shaykh, his lip curling, his eyes gleaming.
By shaykh Abdullah's direction I recited, after the usual devotions, the following prayer.
And at the door of this well-built room stood the shaykh of the Beni-Zeid.
The shaykh laughed aloud, but those around him looked offended.
It required much management to steer our desert-craft clear of danger; but shaykh Masud was equal to the occasion.
But I observed that, when shaykh Masud came up, the citizen was only gruff.