US Able to Delay Al Qaeda's Annual 9/11 Tape a Week

Intelligence efforts to infiltrate terror group's networks appears to pay off
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 19, 2008 5:25 PM CDT
Al Qaeda says its latest video includes footage of American Jonathan Keith Idema, a bounty hunter convicted of crimes against Afghan citizens, who says he was part of efforts to find Osama bin Laden.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Al Qaeda’s commemoration of the Sept. 11 terror attacks came a bit later than usual this year, ABC News reports, as US intelligence services were able to block the group's annual propaganda video from making the Internet rounds until today. Sources said Germany and Malaysia helped keep the extremist group from posting its message on Sept. 11 for the first time since the 2001 attacks.

Though the anniversary tape has neither video nor audio from Osama bin Laden, an al Qaeda figure says the group’s leader is in “good health.” Analysts say the US has made progress in tracking terrorists’ distribution networks, and chose to use the occasion of 9/11 to flex that muscle.