One electronic intercepted communication that had 2 of top leaders of al Qaeda agreeing that they “wanted something big” done the previous Sunday was what caused US government shut about 2 dozen of diplomatic posts throughout the world, as according to the intelligence sources.
Successor of Osama bin Laden, Ayman al-Zawahiri, as head of the al Qaeda, as well as leader of the al Qaeda, Nasir al-Wahishi, in Arabian Peninsula, wished to time one significant attack over Muslim holiday called Laylat al-Qadr, 27th Ramadan night and day on which Quran revealed to Muhammed. The holiday this year, known as “Night of Power,” or “Night of Destiny” fell at this weekend of 3rd and 4th August.Communications didn’t give specific method of the attack or target, but the multiple law enforcement of US and the intelligence sources said there wasn’t any domestic known component. Yemen was the country most likely thought to be targeted, where the al Qaeda has resources for pulling off significant operation.
In the global leadership of al Qaeda, Wahishi became increasingly important player.A 3rd major leader of al Qaeda also was party to communications, and he expressed desire of blowing himself up by some attack, something that he wasn’t allowed to do any time in the past.
State Department extended closure of about one dozen embassies within North Africa as well as Middle East in weekend and maybe longer due to possibility of an attack. Many other countries of Europe, including Great Britain and France, also closed the diplomatic posts within region.
D.-Calif., Rep. Adam Schiff, House Intelligence Committee’s senior member, told, “We get chatter all the time … But to take this kind of a broad action, to shut down this many embassies over this broad terrain, to have multiple briefings to the President … that demonstrates a high level of confidence that this threat is real.”
The officials say original intercept happened to be corroborated by another 2nd source that also was non-specific. The multiple officials say that if intelligence community picked up the “chatter” from any of the people of lower level, it would not have sparked such type of reaction.
Though on Monday, still the US officials said there only was little new by way of the specifics about any possible operation, that included type of the weapon which will be used.
The officials said one claim widely reported that one al Qaeda team happens to be in place’s “conjecture,” and it’s probably based upon the analysis regarding how far such team in advance would’ve begun moving. An intelligence official of US said he believed other agencies were mixing up something broadly known regarding capabilities of AQAP and the methodology with the current stream of threat.
Despite the reports, there’s also no concrete information that in Arabian Peninsula, al Qaeda plans on using “implanted” bomb, like it attempted to doing in past. Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, senior AQAP’s bomb maker, designed many implant bombs during the past, though so far there’s no indication about him being involved in the threat.
During 2009, bomb was designed by al-Asiri which his brother did carry in rectum in one attempt of assassinating terror chief of Saudi Arabia, Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef. Bomber died though prince suffered just minor burns.
The AQAP became most sophisticated affiliates of Al Qaeda. Operating basically out of the country Yemen, it attempted in carrying out the attacks of high-profile on US as well as its interests abroad. AQAP did dispatch Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, “underwear bomber,” who tried detonating one bomb in one airplane on the Christmas 2009 over Detroit, and terror group launched foiled plot for destroy the cargo planes of US also using cartridge bomb.
US as well as British intelligence earlier this year uncovered latest aviation plot by utilizing refined underwear bomb that British recovered.
Only last week, US launched one attack series on AQAP — 3 Predator strikes during 5 days — though didn’t kill any top leadership of group. Also the last week, Barrack Obama met with new president of Yemen in the White House, Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi, for discussing the efforts for encountering terrorism.