SANAA, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- The Yemen-based al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on Thursday issued an audio response to the ongoing French military invention in Mali, advising France to cease aggression and instead focus on its own economic interests.
"The French government's military intervention in Mali does not serve the internal interests of French people," the group said in the audio message posted on Jihadi forums on Thursday night.
"Dear French people, your government's military aggression on Mail will bring you economic woes and will let your troops meet their doom as you have already learned a lesson from your government's previous wars in Afghanistan," it said in the three- minute long audio, which was obtained by Xinhua.
"Do not throw dust in the eyes by pretending that you come to help and protect Mali. If so, then where were you all the past years for protecting Palestine from the Israeli crimes, and where were you for protecting the Iraqi and Syrian people and other oppressed peoples in the region if you were honest," it said.
"We the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, advise the French government to withdraw its troops from Mali and instead focus on its deteriorating economy and domestic problems... so you do not need to increase your troubles," it added.
Earlier in January, France has launched weeks-long military operations on the Islamist rebels in the desert of Mali.
The Yemeni Interior Ministry said last week that it has tightened security around the French embassy in the capital of Sanaa and the French petroleum investment in southern Yemen as a precautionary measure to face every eventuality after France's military ground offensive in Mali.
The AQAP is considered the most active regional terrorist network in the Middle East.
Backed by the international community, the Yemeni government has been launching almost daily military offensives against the hideouts of the militants since Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi was sworn in in February 2012, after a yearlong unrest weakened the control of the central government and allowed the militants to take over swaths of territory in the south.
The Yemeni government managed to recapture several of those southern cities in May 2012.