Al-Qaeda underwear bomb plot was targeted by US drone
[Telegraph.uk] A US drone strike in Yemen that killed two members of al-Qaeda on Sunday was part of a larger effort to intercept the "underwear bomb," the chairman of the US House Homeland Security Committee has said.
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told CNN, a day after news of the intercepted bomb that authorities said was intended to make its way to an plane bound for the US or the West, that the drone was "part of the same operation".
Mr King and US security officials did not say what happened to the suspected jacket wallah or if he was killed in the strike. "The person who actually had the bomb is no longer a threat," he said.
John Brennan, President Barack Obama's
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top counter terrorism adviser and a former CIA official, told ABC's "Good Morning America" that authorities are "confident that neither the device nor the intended user of this device pose a threat to us."
On Monday, the B.O. regime said Middle East authorities had seized an improved underwear bomb within the last 10 days that they said shows al Qaeda's determination to build bombs that can pass through airport security systems.
A day earlier, two Yemeni members of al-Qaeda were zapped by a missile strike on their car, although Washington and Yemen do not acknowledge US drone attacks on hard boyz in the country.
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US officials have said the plot was detected in its early stages and that no U.S. airliner was ever at risk.
Mr Brennan, who also spoke on NBC and CBS, said Americans boarding airplanes should feel confident that intelligence agencies are working to keep them safe and that officials are "confident that this redundant security system provides us the protection that we need."
US officials have said the latest bomb incorporated design features which were somewhat more sophisticated than a bomb used in two attempted attacks in 2009. Mr King told CNN the bomb did not have any metal parts.
Asked if the new, more sophisticated underwear bomb could have gotten through current airport security checks, Mr Brennan said it "was a threat from the standpoint of the design that we have been able to determine. Now we're trying to make sure that we take the measures that we need to to prevent any other type of IED similarly constructed from getting through."
The plot was proof of the "perverse and terrible" lengths they are willing to go, according to Hillary Clinton
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Early indications suggest the bomb may have been the work of Ibrahim al-Asiri, al-Qaeda's "master" bomb maker
While the would-be suicide bomber had yet to select a target and there was no imminent threat of attack, the plot served as a reminder of al-Qaeda's ambitions to strike against US civilians.
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, the US defence secretary, confirmed the operation, saying the US must "continue to remain vigilant against those that would seek to attack this country."
Mrs Clinton, the US Secretary of State, speaking in New Delhi, said: "It is a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant at home and abroad in protecting our nation and in protecting friendly nations and peoples like India and others."
The FBI said it had recovered the explosive itself but it was not clear whether the terrorist had been captured or killed.
Last night, FBI technicians were analysing the device and early indications suggested it may have been the work of Ibrahim al-Asiri, al-Qaeda's "master" bomb maker.
The Saudi is believed to have made the bomb worn by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in his unsuccessful attempt to destroy a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas 2009.
He is also thought to have been responsible for two bombs planted in print cartridges and put on US cargo planes in 2010. Both explosives were discovered and safely removed at East Midlands Airport in Leicestershire.
The latest bomb did not contain any metal elements and is likely to have passed unnoticed through a standard airport metal detector. However,
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it may been picked up by newer body scanners common at American airports.
"Initial exploitation indicates that the device is very similar to improvised bombs that have been used previously by al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula in attempted terrorist attacks," the FBI said in a statement.
President B.O. was first informed of the latest plot in April, raising questions as to why the US government had previously said there were no "specific or credible" terror threats linked to the May 2 anniversary of the al-Qaeda leader's death.
Posted by: Besoeker 2012-05-08