Said Ali al-Shihri

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Travel Warnings Stem From Unusually Specific Threat

Affiliate of al-Qaeda reportedly in 'final stages' of planning attack on US interests

(Newser) - The State Department's unusually strong warnings this week about a possible terror threat—it announced that 21 US embassies would be closed tomorrow and followed that up with a global travel alert for Americans—came after authorities intercepted communications among what the New York Times calls "senior operatives"... More »

Al-Qaeda Sees Iran-Israel War on Horizon, Plans to Jump In

AQAP strategist orders jihadis to prepare for conflict

(Newser) - Al-Qaeda believes a war between Israel and Iran is imminent and it sees it as a golden opportunity. Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula's second-in-command, Said Ali al-Shihri, has issued a message urging followers to be ready to exploit the conflict, which he predicts will swell the ranks of Islamic militant... More »

Freed Detainee Becomes Al-Qaeda Chief

After Gitmo, suspected in bombing of US embassy in Yemen

(Newser) - As Barack Obama prepares to close Guantanamo Bay, the story of Said Ali al-Shihri provides a cautionary tale. Released from the prison camp in 2007, the Saudi has become the deputy leader of al-Qaeda’s Yemeni branch and is suspected of involvement in the bombing of the US embassy there... More »

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