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USA gjennomførte torsdag et nytt angrep mot Al Qaida i Jemen, og syv skal ha blitt drept. Det er det andre droneangrepet på kort tid.

Det første var søndag, da en kjent Al Qaida-topp ble drept.

 

A strike Sunday killed a senior operations leader in AQAP, Fahd al-Quso, who is thought to have been involved in the airline plot and was wanted for his role in the 2000 bombing of a U.S. warship on Yemen’s shore, U.S. officials said.

The bombmaker suspected of designing the latest device, Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, has eluded U.S. and Yemeni authorities.

Det er al-Asiri amerikanerne gjerne skulle eliminert. Det er han som lager de farlige underbuksebombene som ikke lar seg oppdage av sikkerhetskontroller.

Avsløringen av at CIA greide å infiltrere Al Qaida med en dobbeltagent er en triumf, men også en risiko mot agenter i felten. Nå er det kommet enda flere opplysninger om ham.

 

The operative’s background as a Saudi with a British passport helps to explain why he may have been selected by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen to smuggle an advanced explosive onto a U.S.-bound flight. In reality, officials said, the operative was working as part of an elaborate espionage mission directed by the CIA and its Saudi counterpart.

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Officials said the operative had been in place for months and had gained the confidence of senior al-Qaeda figures, who sought to take advantage of his Western passport and other travel documents.

A Western intelligence official described the operation as a “joint venture” that relied on cooperation among multiple agencies to put the operative in position to penetrate al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP.

 

Avsløringen av agenten har vakt sterke reaksjoner, både innad i CIA og i Kongressen. En undersøkelse vil bli iverksatt.

Droneangrepene er også utsatt for kritikk.

 

The latest strikes, aimed at al-Qaeda operatives in southern Yemen, bring the total this year to at least 15, about as many as in the previous 10 years combined.

 

Nok en NUPI-forsker fremførte denne uken kritikk mot USA for dronekrigen.

 
U.S. launches airstrike in Yemen as new details surface about bomb plot