CIA Pinpoints Yemen's al-Qaeda as a Major Threat

Expect more drone attacks in coming months
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 25, 2010 7:39 AM CDT
A Yemeni police patrol secures the surrounding of the court house during the trial of two al-Qaeda militants.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – It looks like Yemen is about to get a lot more attention from the CIA. Both the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal have front-page stories declaring that the US sees the nation's al-Qaeda offshoot as a serious threat to American security, perhaps even bigger than Pakistan's. The result will likely be stepped-up drone attacks—like those in Pakistan that have sent al-Qaeda leaders there into hiding.

"We are looking to draw on all of the capabilities at our disposal," one administration official tells the Post, envisioning "a ramp-up over a period of months."

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