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Al-Qaeda and Yemen Making the Arabian Peninsula a More Dangerous Neighborhood
An attempt to deliver explosives, disguised by a copier toner cartridge, by aircraft - for the purposes of targeting the addressees (two synagogues in the Chicago area) or to cause a mid-air explosion - recalls a similar episode last Christmas. Late 2009, a young Nigerian man, Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab intended to down Delta Airlines flight 253 flying from Amsterdam to Detroit. The episodes have once again placed Yemen and the al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) on the front pages of newspapers around the world. While the attempts have failed given the fast reaction of passengers and the crew in the Christmas plot, and a thorough check by customs officials at London Heathrow is the ‘toner’ bomb case, the impact has been important in that visibility of AQAP has increased considerably as a result. Although no one was harmed, Al-Qaeda managed a good media coup whether it planned it or not.
Podcast: Packages from Yemen
Deputy Editor of The North Africa Journal discusses the latest security scare following the discovery of suspicious packages on flights bound to the United States and originating from Yemen. Click on the bottom bar at the left to listen to the CTV interview or on the image here.