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Al-Qaida's Yemeni Branch Initiated Plot Itself
The recently discovered Middle East terrorism plot was not arranged and planned by al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, but rather by the head of the underworld group's Yemeni branch, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the Wall Street Journal reported.
This revelation was among additional details offered by a senior U.S. official on Thursday regarding the threat that caused the White House to close 19 U.S. embassies.
The communication that the United States intercepted was a presentation by the Yemeni branch leader to Zawahiri, who then gave Wuhayshi his implied go-ahead, current and former U.S. officials said in interviews with the Journal.
"Zawahiri isn't directing the plot that we're concerned about emanating from Yemen," the senior government official said.
During the terrorists' conference call, which included other leaders of the central group and al-Qaida's global offshoots, Wuhayshi was also promoted to general manager for al-Qaida's operations, according to the Daily Beast. He is now a significant target for the United States, according to the website.
The Yemeni branch, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, has expanded in recent months into a large and isolated eastern province of Yemen called Hadramaut, the Washington Post reported. According to the newspaper, AQAP wants to create a new haven in the region that is the ancestral homeland of al-Qaida's founder, Osama bin Laden.
Nov. 8, 2013
This report is part of a collection examining implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires all states to implement measures aimed at preventing non-state actors from acquiring NBC weapons, related materials, and their means of delivery. It details implementation efforts in Central America, South America and the Caribbean to-date.
Jan. 30, 2013
The UNSCR 1540 implementation process in sub-Saharan Africa has been slow. As of October 2011, 26 of the 48 states in the region have submitted 1540 national reports.