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  1. Yegomasika

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    Suspicious Packages Found On Flights In Philadelphia, Newark

    WASHINGTON — Authorities in Dubai intercepted an explosive device bound for a Chicago-area Jewish institution aboard a cargo jet, officials disclosed Friday, triggering a worldwide alert and fears that al-Qaida was attempting to carry out fresh terror attacks.
    A second package – like the first, shipped from Yemen – was discovered aboard a plane in England. It, too, was addressed to a Jewish organization in the Chicago area, although there was no immediate confirmation about its contents.
    Several other cargo planes at airports along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States also were searched, and officials said no explosives were found. An Emirates Airlines passenger jet carrying cargo from Yemen was escorted from the Canadian border to New York City by two military fighter jets, U.S. officials said. They said it was a precautionary action.
    President Barack Obama arranged to make a statement about the developments at the White House. Aides said he had been informed about a "potential terrorist threat."
    "The president directed U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies and the Department of Homeland Security to take steps to ensure the safety and security of the American people, and to determine whether these threats are a part of any additional terrorist plotting," the White House said in a statement.
    An FBI spokesman in Chicago, Ross Rice, said both suspicious packages had been sent from the same address in Yemen.
    U.S. officials said they were increasingly confident that the packages were part of a plot by Yemen's al-Qaida branch, the same group responsible for an attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner last Christmas. They spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the ongoing investigation.
    Other officials, also speaking on condition of anonymity, said the package found in England contained a printer toner cartridge with wires and powder. It was discovered aboard a plane in East Midlands, north of London.
    One official said intelligence personnel had been monitoring a suspected plot for days. The packages in England and Dubai were discovered late Thursday after a foreign intelligence service picked up information related to Yemen and passed it on to the U.S., this official said.
    Confirmation that the package discovered in Dubai contained explosives came from an official United Arab Emirates security source who likewise spoke only on condition of anonymity.
    U.S. intelligence officials warned last month that terrorists hoped to mail chemical and biological materials as part of an attack on America and other Western countries using the mail. The alert came in a Sept. 23 bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security and obtained by The Associated Press.
    In the hours following the discoveries, Yemeni officials said they had launched a terrorism investigation, and Scotland Yard said its investigators were testing a number of additional items seized from the plane in East Midlands.
    U.S. authorities conducted searches of aircraft in Philadelphia, Newark, N.J., and New York City. Local officials said all of the suspicious items and planes that were searched had been given the "all clear." That was before the plane escorted by fighter jets landed in New York.
    "As a precaution, DHS has taken a number of steps to enhance security," the Homeland Security Department said in a statement. "Some of these security measures will be visible while others will not."
    One was – spectacularly so. Two U.S. fighter jets were dispatched to escort the Emirates Airlines flight, which landed at New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport without incident.
    Since the failed Christmas bombing of a Detroit-bound airliner, Yemen has been a focus for U.S. counterterrorism officials. Before that attack, the U.S. regarded al-Qaida's branch in Yemen as primarily a threat in the region, not to the United States.
    The Yemen branch known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has since become a leading source of terrorist propaganda and recruiting. Authorities believe about 300 al-Qaida members or cells operate in Yemen.
    The Yemeni government has stepped up counterterrorism operations, with help from the U.S. military and intelligence officials. Mohammed Shayba, general-director of the state airline's cargo department, said the government is conducting an investigation.
    "Those in charge are in constant meetings and they are investigating and taking the issue seriously," he told The Associated Press.
    Associated Press writers Adam Schreck in Dubai, Maryclaire Dale, Randy Pennell and Jonathan Poet in Philadelphia, Joshua Freed in Minneapolis, Colleen Long in New York, Shawn Marsh in Trenton, N.J., Ahmed al-Haj in San'a, Yemen, Carla K. Johnson in Chicago, Lolita Baldor in Washington, and Sylvia Hui, Jill Lawless, Paisley Dodds, Greg Katzand and Raphael Satter in London contributed to this report.
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    [​IMG] AP – In this image taken from video, showing the international airport at Sana, Yemen, on Friday Oct. 29, …

    By KIM GAMEL and AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press Kim Gamel And Ahmed Al-haj, Associated Press – Fri Oct 29, 9:22 pm ET
    SAN'A, Yemen – The discovery of two explosive-laden packages sent from Yemen and aimed at U.S. and Western interests represents a new escalation in the terror threat

    emanating from this violence-wracked, poverty-stricken Mideast country.
    President Barack Obama stopped short of linking the failed plot to al-Qaida in Yemen, but U.S. officials said privately they were increasingly confident that was the source.

    Obama's counterterrorism adviser John Brennan called the Yemeni wing the most active al-Qaida franchise.
    Militants from the terror network have been building up their presence for several years in this nation of 23 million people, finding refuge with tribes in the remote mountain

    ranges where the government has little control.
    But the Yemeni-based al-Qaida offshoot rose to the fore of U.S. concern in December, when it allegedly masterminded a failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up a passenger jet as it landed in Detroit.

    The Obama administration branded the group a global threat and has dramatically stepped up its funding of the Yemeni government to uproot it although there has been little visible progress. Friday's discovery of two explosive packages addressed to

    Chicago-area synagogues and packed aboard cargo jets from Yemen was certain to heighten those fears.
    Obama called the coordinated attacks a "credible terrorist threat." Preliminary tests

    indicated the packages contained the powerful industrial explosive PETN, the same chemical used in the Christmas attempt as well as shoe bomber Richard Reid's effort to blow up a trans-Atlantic flight in 2001, U.S. officials said.

    Obama told reporters in Washington that the packages, which were found in England and Dubai, originated in Yemen. He said the group known officially as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula "continues to plan attacks against our homeland, our citizens, and our friends and allies," although he did not directly blame them in the latest attack.

    Obama said he had spoken to Yemen's president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, about the incident and pledged continued cooperation with the country. Authorities believe about 300 al-Qaida members or cells operate in Yemen.
    For its part, the Yemeni government expressed astonishment at reports linking it to the

    packages but said in a statement it was cooperating with the U.S. and international investigations. The statement warned against "rush decisions in a case as sensitive as this one and before investigations reveal the truth."

    The lukewarm response underscored the dilemma faced by the fragile Yemeni government, which has found itself caught between U.S. pressure to fight the militants and its dependence on the loyalty of unruly tribes that harbor the extremists.
    Yemeni authorities also fear too harsh a fight against al-Qaida will alienate a deeply conservative Muslim population where anti-American sentiment is widespread. As a

    result, the main Yemeni tactic is often to negotiate with tribes to try to persuade them to hand over fugitive militants.
    Around 50 elite U.S. military experts are in the country training Yemeni counterterrorism forces — a number that has doubled over the past year. Washington is funneling some $150 million in military assistance to Yemen this year for helicopters, planes and other

    equipment, along with a similar amount for humanitarian and development aid. San'a says its troops are fanned out around the country, hunting for militants.
    Despite the efforts, al-Qaida gunmen have been bold enough to carry out assaults in the capital, San'a, including a failed ambush on a top British diplomat in her car earlier this

    month. The government touted as a major success a fierce weeklong siege in September by Yemeni troops against an al-Qaida force in the provincial town of Houta, but most of the militants escaped into nearby, impenetrable mountains.
    Al-Qaida in Yemen's top leadership also remains largely intact, despite airstrikes that

    Yemeni officials have said include either coordination from the United States or direct U.S. involvement. American officials have refused to confirm that U.S. planes carried out the strikes.

    The hunt for Anwar al-Awlaki, a U.S.-born radical Islamic cleric who Washington says has become a leader in the group, also may have gone cold. The governor of Shabwa province, where al-Awlaki is believed to be hiding in the mountains, told The Associated Press he hasn't been sighted in two months and cast doubt whether the cleric was still in the province.

    The United States sees al-Awlaki as the most notorious English-speaking advocate of terrorism directed at America, with a dangerously strong appeal to Muslims in the West, and Washington has put him on a list of militants to kill or capture. U.S. investigators say e-mails link him to the Army psychiatrist accused of last year's killings at Fort Hood, Texas, and that he helped prepare Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, accused in the Christmas airline bombing attempt.

    Source. Explosive packages reflect new Yemen terror threat - Yahoo! News
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    [​IMG] AP – This undated photo released by the Dubai Police via the state Emirates News Agency (WAM) on Saturday, …

    By AHMED AL-HAJ, Associated Press Ahmed Al-haj, Associated Press – 24 mins ago
    SAN'A, Yemen – Yemeni authorities on Saturday arrested a woman suspected of sending two mail bombs found on cargo planes and are searching for more suspects believed linked to al-Qaida, said.
    The officials said the woman was detained as part of the manhunt as authorities search for a number of suspects believed to have used forged documents and ID cards that played a role in the plot that was thwarted Friday.
    U.S. investigators have said the were headed to two synagogues in Chicago, raising fears of a new al-Qaida campaign against Western targets. The Yemeni officials said the suspects were believed linked to the terror network's faction in Yemen.
    told reporters in the capital, San'a, that the United States and the United Arab Emirates had provided him with information that helped identify the woman as a suspect. He said had surrounded a house that was believed to be holding the woman.
    Two security officials later told The Associated Press the woman had been arrested, although they did not specify where she was detained.
    One of the officials, who is a member of the country's anti-terrorism unit and is close to the Yemeni team probing the case, said the other suspects had been tied to al-Qaida's faction in Yemen.
    Several U.S. officials also have they were increasingly confident that al-Qaida's Yemen branch, the group behind the failed Detroit airliner bombing last Christmas, was responsible for the plot.
    Source: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/mail_bombs