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Well now we are going to hear more about Yemen after yesterdays possible attacks. Now for months I felt this area should have been in the news as the under force govt. has been fighting the Terrorist in their country.

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Yemeni Bomb Plot: Has al-Qaeda Become More Organized?


ROBERT BAER Robert Baer 1 hr 54 mins ago

It's too early to panic, but we should seriously start wondering whether the bombs found on airplanes in Dubai and Britain are signs of a new, more dangerous wave of terrorism. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano described the bombs as having "all the hallmarks of al-Qaeda." But the more ominous truth is that these bombs have the hallmark of a higher degree of professionalism than we've ever seen come out of al-Qaeda. If al-Qaeda indeed made them, they've teamed up with true professionals.

PETN, the explosive found in these two bombs, is the preferred explosive of professional bombmakers. It's particularly lethal, but more importantly it's malleable and can be disguised as all kinds of things. In the '80s, a Palestinian bombmaker "rolled" PETN and hid it in the lining of Samsonite suitcases. One of his bombs nearly brought down an American airliner. Hizballah disguised PETN as olives, painted them black and transported them in highly leaded glass, which defeated then advanced airport X-rays. Finally, last year a Yemeni group attempted to kill the Saudi intelligence chief by secreting PETN in a body cavity. The intelligence chief was wounded but survived. (See the top 10 inept terrorist plots.)

There have been various unconfirmed intelligence reports that some of these accomplished bombmakers, including the man who hid PETN in Samsonite suitcases, have sneaked into Yemen and are now allied with groups that claim allegiance to al-Qaeda. They're helping make bombs for the Yemeni militants and teaching them to make them themselves.

Something else that should worry us about Yemen is that the militants there appear to have better intelligence and organization than al-Qaeda has shown in the past. Had the Yemeni suicide bomber managed to kill the Saudi intelligence chief, Prince Mohammed bin Nayef, it would have been a disaster for Saudi Arabia as well as the U.S. The intelligence chief is the man credited with turning back al-Qaeda in Saudi Arabia, arresting most of the major networks and convincing Saudi Arabia's hard-line clerics to stop supporting Osama bin Laden's jihad. For those pessimists (like me) who thought Saudi Arabia would never defeat its militants, this man pulled off nothing short of a miracle. His would-be assassins knew exactly who to go after. (See TIME's story "Terror Plot Foiled: But Is the Threat in Yemen Growing?")

Finally, we should also wonder whether the field of battle has shifted from under our feet. Has al-Qaeda fled the tribal areas of Pakistan and taken refuge in the mountains of Yemen? A lot of people have speculated this, and it would make good sense. After al-Qaeda started attacking Pakistani government targets after 9/11, Pakistan has slowly cracked down on the organization to the point that it's almost impossible for Arab and other international jihadists to make their way across Pakistan to the tribal areas, al-Qaeda's rear base. And with NATO forces on the ground in Afghanistan, al-Qaeda's oxygen has all but been cut off. Like any guerilla organization under siege, it moved. (See a special report on the accused 9/11 plotters.)

Not at all Al-Qaidia has moved it's activities around to any groups that aline themselves with their ideology of CHAOS, so every opition is an open door for them to spread out.

The West justs needs to keep up and put the pressure on them. In time their safety in the M.E. will wane as the fights come to each nation.
Which will bring in most of the M.E. to end their terror plots.


If indeed al-Qaeda's base is now in Yemen, we're facing a whole new dynamic. Yemen's well-armed and notoriously independent tribes are even less likely than those of Pakistan to stand for a sustained aerial campaign against the militants. Angered, the tribes can be all but counted on to move on Yemen's capital Sana'a and other major cities, dragging the country into a full-fledged civil war. Or they will increase their attacks on America's ally, Saudi Arabia. (Comment on this story.)

If this is an accurate assessment of what's happened - the battlefront has moved to Yemen - the Obama Administration had better start boning up on Yemeni tribal politics.

Considering what has been going on yes this is a correct assessment. And the questioin is are we/the Western and M.E. countries ready for this to continue to spread?

Baer, a former Middle East CIA field officer, is TIME.com's intelligence columnist and the author of See No Evil and, most recently, The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower.

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More info on how the word got out about the plot. Maybe we need a one stop thread on Yemen or for all Al-Qaida topics... Or we will soon have more news in this as well as the Current News topic areas.

So if another member would start one with a decent title we all can find, please do so.

I have tried and I and just a few members use them. So either do it or just keep posting when you come across one of these stories.

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Yemen: Al-Qaida turncoat alerted Saudis to plot


By AHMED AL-HAJ and HAMZA HENDAWI, Associated Press Ahmed Al-haj And Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press 2 hrs 23 mins ago

SAN'A, Yemen A leading al-Qaida militant in Yemen who surrendered to Saudi Arabia provided information that helped thwart the mail bomb plot, Yemeni security officials said Monday.

The officials said Jabir al-Fayfi, a Saudi militant who had joined al-Qaida in Yemen but handed himself over in late September, told Saudi officials about the plan. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Several tribal leaders in Yemen with knowledge of the situation, who similarly spoke on condition of anonymity, confirmed al-Fayfi's role.

U.S. officials have said an alert from Saudi Arabia led to the interception on Friday of two explosive devices, hidden in packages addressed to Chicago-area synagogues, on planes transiting in Britain and Dubai. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group's affiliate in Yemen, is suspected in the attempted bombing.

U.S. officials have said the tip that came in just before the plot unraveled on Friday and was specific enough that it identified the tracking numbers of the packages. The Saudi newspaper Al-Watan on Monday cited Saudi security officials saying that the kingdom gave U.S. investigators the tracking numbers.

It was not immediately known how Saudi Arabia obtained the numbers. But al-Fayfi surrendered in Yemen to Saudi authorities before the packages were mailed and would not likely have known the specific tracking numbers.

Saudi intelligence has for years aggressively worked to infiltrate the terror group in its southern neighbor.

Earlier this month, Saudi Arabia announced that al-Fayfi had turned himself in. Al-Fayfi, who is in mid-30s, had been captured by U.S. forces in Afghanistan following the 2001 toppling of the Taliban there. He was held at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, until early 2007, when he was released to Saudi Arabia.

There, he was put through the kingdom's rehabilitation program for militants. But soon after his release from the program, he fled to neighboring Yemen and joined al-Qaida there, according to the Saudi Interior Ministry. In September, he contacted Saudi authorities saying he wanted to turn himself in. A private jet was sent to the Yemeni capital San'a to retrieve him, Saudi security officials told the Saudi-owned daily Al-Hayat at the time.

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