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Targeted: Northwest 253
Failed airliner attack was tardy wake-up call
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 29, 2009

The failure of Lagos and Amsterdam airport security to detect the explosives the Nigerian Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab carried aboard two flights on Christmas Day was a side-effect of US intelligence policy-makers' flawed approach to al Qaeda. Until the agencies which fell down on the tasks of thwarting and combating terror are overhauled and change their approach, Americans will continue to be caught napping.
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US drones wipe out top al Qaeda leaders in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2009
debkafile's counter-terror sources report that the air strike in eastern Yemen Thursday, Dec. 24, which left more than 30 dead, was in fact a US drone attack which wiped out a large part of al Qaeda's leadership in Yemen and Saudi Arabia.
Among them were two high-ranking Yemen al Qaeda operatives Saud al Qahtani, Mohammed Amir, al Qaeda's commander in Saudi Arabia, Saad Shahani, and Anwar al Awkali, the American imam who preached to US. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who murdered 13 US military personnel at Ford Hood, Texas last month.
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Imam of Fort Hood gunman reported dead in Yemen raid<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 24, 2009
An unnamed Yemeni official Thursday, Dec. 24 reported the death of Anwar al Awkali, imam of the mosque frequented by US. Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the gunman who murdered 13 US military personnel at the Ford Hood, Texas last month.
The Yemen state news agency claimed the same air strike killed at least 30 al Qaeda fighters at a meeting Thursday in the eastern province of Shabwa. The Yemeni reports are not confirmed by reliable sources.
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US, Iranian naval Red Sea buildup off Yemen. Debut for Iran's midget subs<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 30, 2009
The Yemeni conflict is fast evolving from a Houthi insurgency against the Abdullah Salah regime in Sanaa to a broad regional conflagration drawing in Saudi Arabia and Egypt as major players and increasingly the United States, whose involvement is building up into a direct confrontation with the rebels' sponsor, Iran.
debkafile's military and intelligence sources report that over the weekend, the Aegis class cruiser USS Chosin was designated the flagship of Combined Task Force 151.
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Yemen War: Where US and Iran Jockey for Regional Primacy<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 3, 2009
The latest paroxysm of Yemen's five-year war with the rebel Houthis has left more than 2,000 dead in less than a month and up to 150,000 homeless. Yemeni government troops are battling around 15,000 Iranian-armed and trained Houthi rebels dug into the northern Sadaa mountains on the Saudi Arabian border. Saudi air force bombers are pounding the rebels and the Egyptian air force and navy are ferrying ammunition to the Yemen army with US encouragement and funding.
This is the second war in less than a year in which US allies are pitted against Iran-backed forces. The first was Israel's three-week campaign against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, which ended last January.
This strategically-located, poor Red Sea country, for years a critical stage for the war on Islamist extremists, has now become a key arena where the United States and Iran jockey for regional primacy.
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Yemen is burning: US, Saudis, Egypt aid war on Iran-backed rebels<br/>
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 1, 2009
This is the second war in less than a year in which US allies are pitted against Iran-backed forces. The first was Israel's three-week campaign against Hamas.
For further insights about this key war, read debkafile Exclusive Analysis below.
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Saddam's First Wife Moves to Little Baghdad, Sanaa
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 19, 2004
A new colony is quietly establishing itself in the Yemen capital of Sanaa as, one by one, Saddam Hussein's close family and senior loyalists settle into a new life as political exiles. "Little Baghdad" was discovered by debkafile's exclusive Persian Gulf sources, who note that almost every incoming flight from Damascus, Amman or Beirut - or even Baghdad - drops one or two members of the old regime at the Saudi airports of Jeddah and Riyadh, where they change over to Saudi or Yemeni planes bound for Sanaa. Sometimes, an entire clan of 15 to 20 members deposits three generations in Sanaa. Up until mid-December last year, Saddam's fleeing supporters entered the southern Arabian republic in a trickle and were lodged in the few luxury hotels the Yemeni capital boasts. But in January, as their numbers jumped to hundreds, the Yemeni authorities began housing them all together in the Wadi Asrah suburb on the eastern edge of the town.
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