Yemen Busts Huge al-Qaeda Plot

BBC says US special ops are preparing for missions

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 7, 2013 7:08 AM CDT | Updated Aug 7, 2013 7:46 AM CDT

(Newser) – Al-Qaeda wasn't just planning a one-off suicide bombing of the usual variety—it was close to pulling the trigger on a highly coordinated operation in Yemen that involved blowing up pipelines and taking control of key port cities, reports the BBC. The news service also says US special operations forces are preparing to launch "strike operations" in Yemen, which would mark a significant increase from their typical role in providing training. The US yesterday warned citizens to get out of the country.

Meanwhile, the US launched another drone attack in Yemen today, this time killing six suspected militants traveling in two cars, reports Reuters. It's the fifth such attack in less than two weeks. The strikes are directly related to the newly uncovered al-Qaeda plot, though it's unclear whether any high-profile targets have been hit, reports the Washington Post. “It’s too early to tell whether we’ve actually disrupted anything,” a senior US official tells the newspaper.

A policeman checks a car at a checkpoint near the US embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
Police in an armored vehicle secure a road leading to the US embassy in Sanaa, Yemen, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013.   (AP Photo/Hani Mohammed)
« Prev« Prev | Next »Next » Slideshow
My TakeCLICK BELOW TO VOTE
3%
14%
2%
67%
6%
8%
To report an error on this story, notify our editors.

NEWS FROM OUR PARTNERS
Other Sites We Like:   The Street   |   MSN Living   |   PopSugar Tech   |   RealClear   |   24/7 Wall St.   |   Biography   |   Barstool Sports   |   OK!