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A Tardy Wake-up Call for Spreading al Qaeda Menace
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 2, 2010
debkafile's counter-terror sources note that in the past year, Washington was strangely deaf to a flood of notices from Saudi, Egyptian and Yemeni security agencies warning that al Qaeda networks had established themselves in Yemen and so gained a jumping-off base into the Arabian peninsula and across the strategic Gulf of Aden. The network was now directly linked from Yemeni shores to Osama bin Laden at his new headquarters in Pakistani Baluchistan.
These warnings went unheeded by the relevant agencies in Washington.
Yet although security measures are to be reviewed and enhanced, nothing has been said about overhauling the agencies which fell down on the tasks they are taxed with to prevent and combat terror - or correct their fundamental approach to those tasks.
Americans should therefore not be surprised each time al Qaeda opens a new front against the West. Now it is Yemen which is finding itself dragged into the same boat as Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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US Anti-Terror Authorities Missed Writing on the Wall - in Jeddah
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 2, 2010
Had the White House National Security Council, US intelligence and counter-terror agencies properly studied al Qaeda's failed attempt to assassinate Prince Muhammad bin Nayef, deputy interior minister and commander of the Saudi anti-terror campaign in Yemen five months ago, they might have detected pointers to al Qaeda's latest terror offensive and its methods.
Like the Nigerian bomber Umar Abdulmutallab, the Saudi minister's would-be assassin, Abdullah Hassan Tali' al-Asiri (al Qaeda-styled Abu Khair), who did not survive the attack, used explosives hidden in his underwear to fool the prince's bodyguards. He won an audience with the prince by posing as an informant, the same trick used by the Taliban suicide bomber to penetrate a US base and kill 7 CIA agents and a US soldier last month.
This emerging prototype was missed by US intelligence experts.
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Nigerian banker Umaru Mutallab says airline bomber may be his son
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 29, 2009
Alhaji Umarum Mutallab, former Nigeria First Bank chairman, ex-minister, told police Saturday, Dec. 26, that the 23-year old Nigerian who tried and failed to blow up the Amsterdam-Detroit Northwest Flight 253 Friday, Dec. 25, is his son. According to family members, he had been worried by his son's extremist religious views and six months ago reported his activities to the US embassy in Lagos. Devastated by the news of the attempted bombing, he said he was surprised his son had been given a US visa.
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Attempted airline bombing exposes big holes in aviation security and intelligence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 27, 2009
A major air disaster was narrowly foiled on Dec. 25 by good luck and the resourcefulness of passengers and crew. The only casualty of Umar Faroul Abdulmuttallab's attempt to blow up Northwest Flight 253 as it approached Detroit airport was the would-be bomber himself, who suffered burns.
Neither element is a safeguard for international airline security against terror attacks. Neither are sophisticated high-tech gadgets, satellites or drones. So why was first-rate human intelligence from the bomber's own father ignored?
For some answers read debkafile's Special Analysis below
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US revises airport security after failed al Qaeda airliner explosion
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 26, 2009

The White House described as an attempted act of terrorism the resumed "firecracker" aboard the Northwest Flight 253 from Amsterdam to Detroit on Dec. 25, Christmas Day. The suspect, Abdul Farouk Abdulmutallab, 23, a Nigerian engineering student at University College London, is described as admitting he tried to detonate an explosive powder taped to his leg with chemicals aboard the Airbus 330 which was carrying 278 passengers. He said he had links to al Qaeda

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Al Qaeda's No. 2 condemns Obama's Mid East policy after terror ring smashed in Lebanon<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2009
Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second top leader, denounced US president Barack Obama's Middle East policy as "nothing but a new stage in the Crusader and Zionist campaign to subjugate and humiliate us... and our religion" in a statement posted on an Islamist website Monday, Dec. 14.
He also slammed Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas, Egypt's Hosni Mubarak, Saudi king Abdullah and Jordan's monarch as "Arab Zionists." By unusually listing them by name, Zawahiri is seen by debkafile's terror experts as directly threatening those leaders.
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Are Osama bin Laden's whereabouts really unknown?<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 17, 2009
Nearly a decade after al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden vanished,DEBKA-Net-Weekly's intelligence sources have a good sense of his present location.
Our latest issue out last Friday opened a fresh windown on Al Qaeda's new set-up and what bin Laden has in store.
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Chicago man's arrest forestalled terror attacks on Jewish-Israeli sites in India<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 14, 2009
US and Indian security sources say the arrest of the Pakistan-born American David Coleman Headley in Chicago on suspicion of complicity in the Mumbai terrorist atrocity in Nov. 2008 found him fully prepared to mount a wave of attacks this month on Israeli El Al airline offices, synagogues and Chabad hospitality centers across India, debkafile's counter-terror sources report.
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Chicago man charged in Mumbai terror plot, Pakistani ex-general detained
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 12, 2009
Pakistan-born US citizen David Coleman Headley, 49, first arrested in October in Chicago faces 12 counts of terrorist conspiracy to bomb public buildings in India and murder and maim individuals in India and Denmark, for which he could be sentenced to death.
debkafile's counter-terror sources revealed earlier that in Chicago, Headley and his accomplices ran al Qaeda's first known US-based headquarters for orchestrating worldwide terrorist operations.


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Terror suspect worked at British nuclear lab before CERN - report<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 14, 2009
The Algerian-born nuclear physicist Dr. Adlene Hicheur, 32, arrested in France on suspicion of links with al Qaeda's North African wing, worked at the Rutherton Appleton Laboratory in Didcot four years ago, conducting nuclear physics research, according to the Sunday Telegraph.
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Al Qaeda homes in on Germany as its next European target
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2009
Berlin is on notice to pull German troops out of Afghanistan or face a nationwide Al Qaeda campaign, as the forthcoming DEBKA-Net-Weekly discloses exclusively. Five years ago, Osama bin Laden bent Spain to his will by blowing up Madrid trains. He plans to repeat his success against Germany - this time under a new generation of commanders.
Our latest issue out Friday revealed the hows and whens of the latest al Qaeda plot.
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US commando raid in Somalia kills top al Qaeda terrorist wanted for US embassy bombing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 19, 2009
Saleh Ali Nabhan was sought on suspicion of taking part in the 1998 attack on the US embassy in Kenya, in which 500 people were killed and, four years later, orchestrating the 2002 bombings of a Mombasa hotel which left 12 Kenyans and three Israelis dead.
A vehicle was targeted by US commandoes Monday, Sept. 14, in the southern Somali Barawe district and a dead body, believed to be that of Ali Nabhan, recovered.
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Al Qaeda's threat brings out extra Hamas security forces in Gaza City
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 9, 2009
The Salafi Jalalat organization set up by al Qaeda in the Gaza Strip has vowed to avenge what it called the massacre inflicted by Hamas on one of its cells, Jund Ansar Allah, when their partisans clashed in the southern town of Rafah on Aug. 14. At least 30 were reported dead on both sides and more than 150 injured.
Hamas intelligence was tipped off to a Jalalat plot to strike its government centers over this weekend, aiming to emulate the Baghdad outrage of Aug. 19.
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Armed clashes between Hamas and al Qaeda in Rafah leave 23 dead, 120 injured<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 21, 2009
Six Hamas combatants including a senior commander and two al Qaeda cell leaders were among the 23 killed in gun battles between Hamas forces and hundreds of members of the al Qaeda offshoot Jund Ansar Allah in the southern Gaza Strip town of Rafah Friday Aug. 14. debkafile's military sources report that Hamas special units fired mortars and heavy machine guns into the Ibn Thaymas mosque after the Jund leader, Abdullah al Latif Mussa, proclaimed the Gaza Strip an al Qaeda emirate.
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Wanted Islamist terrorist Noordin M. Top killed
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 9, 2009
A six-year manhunt and a 17-hour firefight in Indonesia's Java town of Temanggung ended early Saturday, Aug. 8 in the death of Noordin M. Top, one of the most wanted terrorists in Asia. As linchpin of the al Qaeda-linked Jemaah Islamiyah, Top was believed by the FBI to be behind hundreds of deaths in attacks which included the twin hotel bombings in Jakarta last month, the 2004 attack on the Australian embassy and the Bali nightclub massacre in 2002.
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Al Qaeda aimed for massacre of pro-US clan at Gaza wedding
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 31, 2009
The al Qaeda cell newly installed in the Gaza Strip, which calls itself Jaljalat, regards the Palestinian Fatah as a pro-American stooge. It therefore sent three assailants on a shooting-grenade rampage against a wedding celebration of kinsmen of the Fatah strongman Mohammad Dahlan at the southern town of Khan Younes Tuesday, July 23, debkafile's counter-terror sources report. Of the 61 celebrants injured, 10 are in critical condition.
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A dangerous new al Qaeda cell in strike mode from Gaza
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 25, 2009
DEBKA-Net-Weekly's military sources reported that an aggressive new al Qaeda cell calling itself Jaljalat has been responsible for the last spate of cross-border attacks from the Gaza Strip. Our counter-terror sources report that Saudis, Yemenis and Egyptians who fought in Iraq and fled after being beaten down by US-led forces make up its hard core plus a score of Palestinian Hamas dropouts.
Sunday, July 19, Israeli Shin Bet director Yuval Diskin confirmed DEBKA-Net-Weekly's disclosure.
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Al Qaeda plot against Suez Canal foiled by 26 arrests
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2009
Twenty-five Egyptians and one Palestinian suspects detained in Egypt have confessed to planning attacks on Suez Canal shipping and oil pipelines on behalf of al Qaeda.
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Many foreigners among 9 killed, 50 wounded in Jakarta hotel bombings
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2009
The coordinated attacks Friday, July 17, tore away the facade of the Ritz-Carlton and blew up a first-floor restaurant at the neighboring JW Marriott in the Indonesian capital. A parked car outside was later detonated.
Jakarta police said two of the suicide bombers were paying guests.
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G8 Summit under al Qaeda threat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 13, 2009
Al Qaeda is plotting a new round of multiple attacks in W. Europe, Middle East and Asia, the latest DEBKA-Net-Weekl.yreveals.
Extra security has been laid on for the industrialized nations' summit in l'Aquila this week following an intelligence alert that the G8 summit was singled out for a terror spectacular.
This and other exclusive disclosures and insights appear in our Friday issue.
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