Al Qaeda in Yemen now biggest threat to US

WASHINGTON — The Washington Post says the CIA believes Yemen’s branch of Al Qaeda has surpassed its parent organization, Osama bin Laden’s core group in Pakistan, as a threat to the U.S. homeland.

By (AP)

Published: Wed 25 Aug 2010, 11:09 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 5:51 AM

The newspaper reports the CIA wants to augment clandestine U.S. military operations in Yemen, with covert armed drone strikes.

U.S. special operations forces have been working with the Yemeni government for years to hunt Yemen’s Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula, which counts American-born rebel cleric Anwar al-Awlaki among its leadership.

A U.S. counterterrorism official says both Al Qaeda and its offshoots are dangerous, but the Yemeni branch has not faced the same pressure as the parent group in Pakistan.

The official spoke anonymously to discuss security matters.

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