May 10th, 2012
02:49 PM ET

Al Qaeda in Yemen has "whole outfit" devoted to attacking U.S.

By Barbara Starr

The Yemeni branch of al Qaeda now has "a whole outfit designated to target the U.S. homeland," according to a source closely working with U.S. intelligence agencies and the military.

In addition, the U.S. now believes Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is working on "several types of bombs" that could get past airport x-ray screening machines.

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The bomb technology is aimed at targeting the U.S., according to the source.

Although the group has not yet succeeded in any of their bomb plots against the U.S., there are several bomb makers and a group of would-be suicide bombers inside the group, which operates out of rudimentary training camps in southern Yemen.

"What I think is concerning to myself and other people is that it seems the talent of the organization is getting better, that is, they are much more capable of carrying out attacks. So when something fails like the Christmas Day plot in 2009 or again the cartridge plot in 2010, the organization is able to adapt, and the next time they come back, they present a better and more lethal threat. I think that's what has a lot of people in U.S. and Saudi intelligence quite concerned," says analyst Gregory Johnsen, a Near East Studies scholar.

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CNN has previously reported that AQAP master bomb maker Ibrahim al-Asiri has been involved in training both bombmakers and suicide bombers. The source added that al-Asiri is now not making all the components himself. This gives the group the extra security and advantage of having multiple manufacturing capability if al Asiri were to be killed.

The source also confirmed that the latest device - turned over to the U.S. by a mole - had no metallic parts and an advanced detonation system to improve the chance the detonator would result in the entire bomb exploding. AQAP bomb designs are aimed at hiding explosives in clothing, camera lenses and animals according to the source.

But it is also the fundamental growth in AQAP's ability to control territory that is making them increasingly thought to target since the 2009 incident.

"AQAP at that time was about two to three hundred members and it controlled no territory in Yemen. Now, two and a half years later, the terror group has more than tripled in strength to over a thousand members and it controls a great amount of territory in southern Yemen," Johnsen said in an interview with CNN. He said the group controls towns, is running its own police department, and in certain places has established court systems.

"It’s providing services – electricity and water to some of the citizens, and really it sees itself in parts of southern Yemen as a government," Johnsen said.

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    January 27, 2013 at 9:24 am | Reply
  2. cj

    my opinion is that the U.S needs to focus on who is teaching them how to make these bombs.They also need to take things to a different level the enemy is training for something big the U.S needs to get into the enemys head basically if you control the head you control the body psychological warfare

    May 20, 2012 at 2:30 am | Reply
  3. Heime

    Use more drones.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:56 am | Reply
  4. An American

    This is Orwellian propaganda. Emmanuel Godlstein lives. Goebbels is smiling at Obama.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
  5. takenobull

    Not to worry just last week Obama said the war on Terror is over.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:35 am | Reply
  6. LouAZ

    "The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary."..... H. L. Mencken
    ie: Job Security !

    May 11, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • MKB

      You must not remember those planes slamming into those builds some 12 years ago. I don`t think those were hobgoblins.

      June 16, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  7. Trillions more for the military/industrial/security complex

    The US needs to cut medicare/medicade, social security, all the federal programs in half and double the strength of the military, police, haliburton and others to save us.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • Tron

      I have a better idea lest cut all of your Social security and leave mine alone!

      May 11, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  8. smartkid

    I dont get it, if other places dont want our detectors in their airports, why dont we just scan people when they get off the plane, then we can use our own US tech on them and catch them all!

    May 11, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • steve

      Really? Ya think so? If they were a terrorist with a bomb, THE PLANE WOULD NEVER ARRIVE IN THE US. It would be at the bottom of an ocean.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:28 am | Reply
  9. Don

    Fear mongering at its finest.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • Trillions more for the military/industrial/security complex

      just because you are paranoid it does not mean someone is not after you.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  10. ncgh

    Why all the attention to aircraft attacks??

    Terrorism is about intimidatng populations, aircraft are only one, very limited option. If terrorists were so committed to attacking the US we'd see attacks on shopping malls, schools, hospitals, city streets, etc.

    Where are all these attacks?

    May 11, 2012 at 10:45 am | Reply
    • willy

      They would get less bang for the buck at a mall. Plus, security at airports cost us a lot more then securing a mall where people do not usually carry luggage.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
      • Jo

        Willy. I know you get your information from what you read. so just think about this. There are no methods in place right now for screening people in shopping malls. Which means they could sneak in a backpack loaded with enough c-4 explosive to level a city block. and no one would even know that they carried this device in the mall Killing 1000's easily. Much more than a measly aircraft. Just sayin man. they need to screen mall shoppers too.

        May 31, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  11. larvadog

    The Yemeni branch of al Qaeda now has "a whole outfit designated to target the U.S. homeland."

    And the US has a whole outfit designated to target the Yemeni branch of Al Qaeda – the US armed forces.

    May 11, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
  12. Dude

    "AQAP bomb designs are aimed at hiding explosives in clothing, camera lenses and animals according to the source." If AQAP starts blowing up animals they will give America a potent recruiting tool. Legions of vegans and PETA activists will join the global war on terror.

    May 11, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • Jo

      Right! lmao. Well the doctor that turned in Osamma bin hidin is in jail for treason. Pakistan is aiding the terrorists. Time to blow some shit up! They want to side with the terrorists bomb them too. Terrorists are afraid of drones. good send more in. Good way to get rid of them without putting our troops in harms way. Pakistan is getting too big for their britches.

      May 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  13. jon

    Just blow up southern Yemen, end of story.

    May 11, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • Waterstar

      You can't just blow up a large area, do that and we'll get into another war and then we're done.

      May 11, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
  14. steve505

    Gee, I thought the last 10 years we have spent at war and all the trillions of dollars we've wasted was supposed to fix the problem.

    Lo-and-behold, al Qaeda is still out to get us! I guess we better ramp up military actions all over the middle east and SPEND SPEND SPEND our way to safety!

    May 11, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
    • paul

      I was going to post; but it appears you had it covered. TRILLIONS !!!! And here I am thinking that GM's bailout was causing all these deficits.

      May 11, 2012 at 10:04 am | Reply
  15. SlaveWorld

    "Al Qaeda in Yemen has "whole outfit" devoted to attacking U.S."

    So does the CIA, your point?

    May 11, 2012 at 9:43 am | Reply
  16. jim

    Yet we're funding them and arming them in Libya and Syria. They sure helped us with our excuse for war with Iraq Afghanistan, and unofficially in Pakistan. Bin Laden was a known CIA asset even being to the white house.

    May 11, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
    • RDN

      The 4th son of osama was visited by staff and asked to help find o.b.l. The condition for visit was if he helped and needed protection. Cliff note from huffinton post and spanish paper.

      May 11, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
  17. ForGoodOfAll

    May the last thing they see be American drones flying over their hidey-holes.

    May 11, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply
    • g

      they will never see anything, probably wont even hear the bomb that blows them to pieces

      May 11, 2012 at 9:27 am | Reply
  18. Jack 63

    They have a whole outfit of terrorists trying to get to us and we have a whole outfit of drones getting to them. Guess who is more successful to date.

    May 11, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
  19. stambo2001

    There will always be a war in some developing country someplace. The large standing military forces of the large powers need warfare to train soldiers and provide an environment to experiment with new weapon systems. It has been stated time and again by retired generals and politicians throughout history that 'war is a racket'. Always has been and always will be. We fight wars over corporate 'interests' in the majority of instances. Not morality. Not human rights. To protect our foreign 'interests'. Which is the long-about way of stating Imperialism or hegemony. Two generations after WWII and our population is being conditioned to the normalization of fascism, the merger of government and big business. Remember that hillary clinton, probably the 2016 american president, sat on the board of Walmart in the heyday of employee abuses and bribery. Bye, bye, American Pie.

    May 11, 2012 at 8:38 am | Reply
  20. yup

    Yes; its just a matter of time, but after we are hit it should be made clear that the US responce will be 10 fold. Meanwhile keep an eye to the sky, today could be your day that our drone strikes find you.

    May 11, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
  21. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    I'm less concerned with al Qaeda attacking us and more concerned with the white supremacists who have hang up their white sheet and burning cross to become members of the House of Representatives! Sadly, they don't believe in compromise and country, they believe in dividing and destroying our democracy! Who needs to worry about al Qaeda when we have the teapublicans doing an inside job for them?

    May 11, 2012 at 7:56 am | Reply
    • Huh?

      You are insane.

      May 11, 2012 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • Trevor

      And out of left field and just moronic comes this comment...

      May 11, 2012 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • ForGoodOfAll

      Good point, I am very concerned about the racial/religious bigotry in US government also. It is shocking and sickening, and it is extremely detrimental to our country's progress and wellbeing.

      May 11, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • g

      wrong story pal

      May 11, 2012 at 9:27 am | Reply
  22. michaelfury

    Of course the "well-dressed man" has a "whole outfit".

    http://michaelfury.wordpress.com/2010/05/20/points-of-failure/

    May 11, 2012 at 7:51 am | Reply
  23. Everett Wallace

    Yep. Looks like the muslim brother hood "infedels" has become a formidable foe, I am definitely going to have buy me a new toothbrush and some new underware for this fight. Darn.

    May 11, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
  24. MuyGuapo

    The US should never have gone into Iraq. It never had weapons of mass destruction and was never a threat in terms of terrorists. They should have gone into Yemen and gone after all the terrorists there. Shame on Yemen and shame on the religion that spawns all these terrorists.

    May 11, 2012 at 7:24 am | Reply
    • Huh?

      Too late, get over it already. This incessant crying over Iraq is ridiculous. A scourge of the planet was eliminated there, and the people of Iraq now have the ability to choose their own government...something they have not had in decades. So, stop crying you annoying piece of garbage.

      May 11, 2012 at 8:56 am | Reply
    • ForGoodOfAll

      MuyGuapo, I agree 100%.

      May 11, 2012 at 9:21 am | Reply
    • Clue Bird

      Yes, at one time Iraq had chemical weapons....or did they gas the Kurds with glade air freshener? And one thing that Iraq did do is provide a place for all the radical to come and fight americans. The roaches came to us.

      May 11, 2012 at 9:34 am | Reply
  25. jaggar

    The US allows anyone in the country. They need to stop all people from that region from flying here and simply drop a bomb on Yemen.

    May 11, 2012 at 6:10 am | Reply
    • John

      Barbara Starr wants all Americans to live in fear, constantly.
      Either that, or she's just some drone herself, parroting the narrative without any critical thinking at all. Be afraid.
      Be very afraid..... y'know, they hate us for our freedoms....... they want to strike in the US...... be afraid.
      So sick of this fear-mongering in order to allow the stripping of more rights than ever in history.... Be afraid.
      It's been 11 years since 9/11 and all the terrorist plots broken up have been created, financed and facilitated by the US government.... and broken up by the US government in a wonderful save..... LOL...... Be afraid.
      BE AFRAID........ BE AFRAID........ BE VERY AFRAID.

      May 11, 2012 at 6:38 am | Reply
      • heard it before

        its called "problem, reaction, solution"

        manufacture a threat, then trot in as "heroes" with the solution

        May 11, 2012 at 8:34 am |
      • Huh?

        Libs are amazing...the biggest threat in their world is that some white person may make a racist statement. What's it like to be that delusional?

        May 11, 2012 at 8:58 am |
      • Trevor

        And Blah Blah gets overtaken by John for the moronic statement lead...I should have rolled down and kept reading. Should have known someone had already set the moron bar pretty high...

        May 11, 2012 at 10:15 am |
  26. Steven R

    so what

    May 11, 2012 at 4:59 am | Reply
  27. hector

    sounds like b.s from the same u.s goverment that said 9/11 happened please. give it a week and U.S citizens will lose more freedoms now that the big bad al qaeda has bombs that arn't picked up by xray machines and won't set off metal detectors we are going to have to go through airports asss naked watch

    May 11, 2012 at 4:24 am | Reply
    • Huh?

      Insanely stupid alarmist comment. You are garbage.

      May 11, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
      • J L

        Hey Huh, should you be off your meds ?

        May 11, 2012 at 10:47 am |
    • ChicagoRich

      Hey Hector, I was there, it happened. Lots of people died that day that should not have. I would rather a thousand of the enemy die than one of our innocent. The lunatics of that groups parent organization not only bragged about it, but they have consistently expressed a desire to do the same or worse in the future. I don't know that we need to be obsessed about it to the point that we ignore our economy or our values, but we should do our best to get them before they get more of us.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:34 am | Reply
  28. dtz

    ATTACK YEMEN

    May 11, 2012 at 4:10 am | Reply
  29. RDN

    Maybe using Constellation Drones will keep AQAP/AQYB pemanently ducking?

    May 11, 2012 at 2:27 am | Reply
  30. hatruth

    The US is so stupid in fighting these terrorists. First, forget about civilian casualties, they're going to happen. Second, you need more destruction. Rather than sniping terrorists with drones, they should be bombing more places and completely wiping out all the infrastructure. It's good that they have clandestine people infiltrating the terror groups, that's needed too, but you also need a bigger take down, which isn't happening. Alas, the US needs to get tougher with the countries who are harboring these terrorists. Stop playing politics, these countries would rather support the terrorists than the US.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:14 am | Reply
    • usa

      See that is the exact reason that they rest of the world hates us. We are way to aggressive when someone doesn't agree with us and we use as much force as we want to make them "change" their minds.

      May 11, 2012 at 6:24 am | Reply
      • Mark

        We don't need to change their minds, we need to wipe them off the face of the Earth and leave no survivors. End the cycle once and for all.

        May 11, 2012 at 8:05 am |
      • Trevor

        Its OK, hence the reason only a small fraction of the U.S. population is qualified to be involved in handling these sensitive operations, unlike this individual...thank God.

        May 11, 2012 at 8:58 am |
      • Huh?

        First, the world does not hate us. Second, if they did...who really cares. This isn't a high school popularity contest. Grow up, and realize that the world needs us, and because of that, we can do whatever it is we please. And the US wants to make sure that it's spoiled, ingrate population (like you) gets to live comfortably, and in safety. These childish claims about countries liking us are ridiculous.

        May 11, 2012 at 9:04 am |
  31. Premal D.Shah

    Technology that is used in airport scanners need to be improvised to a point that not only it is impossible to comprehend by terrorists and experts of this field, but the new scanners need to be placed only in countries like Canada and England as this technology if given to third world countries can easily be copied.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:27 am | Reply
  32. Bullshit

    This lie is getting old.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:12 am | Reply
    • Huh?

      So is your ridiculous conspiracy theories.

      May 11, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply
  33. It's Coming!

    In the not too distant future al Qaeda is going to go to far and it really will be war against terrorists. When it happens; they will think hell really has come home to them.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:01 am | Reply
  34. Krozar

    Hey guys. I'm just passing through for my daily dose of scare from the Government.

    May 11, 2012 at 12:10 am | Reply
    • Huh?

      Right. This is all a big sham...no one wants to harm the US. Everyone in the world just wants to be friends! In fact, I think you should travel to Yemen to find out! Nah, I bet you don't want to leave your comfy couch and TV. Quick, there's an article about gay marriage and white racists that needs your attention...be gone, ignorant lib!

      May 11, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
  35. Rod C. Venger

    Babs, DARLING, didn't you get the White House memo? The end of AQ and the war on terror is at hand!

    May 11, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
    • eddiecurrents

      There is ALWAYS somebody in every story of terrorism that makes this stupid comment. Always. Change the tune please. We don't need this constant reminder of the ridiculous.

      May 11, 2012 at 3:23 am | Reply
  36. popseal

    I've coined the phrase "THREAT REVERSAL". The West simply tells the entire world (especially the Muslim parts) that if another assault on any Western interest or even a single Western individual can be tracked back to this salafistic jihad insanity, Mecca will become a glass parking lot that glows in the dark, and we take all the oil we want !.....enough with the multiculturalism and political correctness already! What are we waiting for? mushroom clouds?

    May 10, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Reply
  37. swohio

    Boy, every day there's a whole new dose of news that makes me feel all warm and tingly and GOOOOOOOD inside. SOMEWHERE on this ridiculous planet there has GOT to be some place where a person can rest without the constant barrage of bad news about how the rest of the world wants to see us wiped off the globe.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  38. Tony

    Oh here we go with the fear again. Sick of the "boogie man" being waved in everyone's face every time enough people start demanding their civil liberties. Enough already.

    May 10, 2012 at 11:06 pm | Reply
    • Dennnn

      I'm beginning to wonder if this isn't the reason we aren't intervening in Syria...or maybe the excuse.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Reply
      • Tony

        You may be right, it seems like every news story of terror is just an excuse to take more liberties away, generate fear, and ultimately invade and exploit. I'm done being afraid of my fellow human being. The rest can run around tearing their hair out over invisible threats and spoon fed mainstream media stories but I'm done. And judging by many comments here I'm not alone.

        May 11, 2012 at 3:05 am |
    • Huh?

      So, let me get this straight. If a terrorist isn't actively in front of you killing people, you do not believe it exists? Good for you, that makes sense.

      May 11, 2012 at 9:11 am | Reply
    • Tony

      Well "Huh" (appropriate) perhaps you should open your eyes and stop believe everything you are told. Go read a few books, check out a little history, then you'll understand the skepticism because I certainly won't spend anytime doing it for you in an online thread in a pointless debate.

      May 11, 2012 at 9:50 am | Reply
  39. Jilleranda

    We'll be in Iran before October just in time to sweep Mitt into office, I hope Ron Paul pcan put an end to that. This si the NeoCon Military Industrial Complex pulling EVERYTHING out of the bag. Flying a drone into Iran (no mistake made there, it was intentional) could not get it done.
    Americans need to educate themselves and get up off their lazy asses and take this country back.

    May 10, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
    • Jethro Bodine

      We're too busy bowing our knee to our corporate employers and kissing their backsides.

      May 10, 2012 at 11:37 pm | Reply
      • Huh?

        If you don't like it, then quit.

        May 11, 2012 at 9:11 am |
  40. ObamaNoMore

    Time to bomb the hell out of Yemen Mr. Obama.

    May 10, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
  41. Tumi

    Since these Muslims operate without a uniform, I think it is very important that flyers with Muslim names on their passports be thoroughly searched. Should we worry about offending them? Not if we want to live.

    May 10, 2012 at 9:51 pm | Reply
    • bozobucks

      It will be easy to spot the terrorist. They will be the ones with no carry on bags, so they won't be complaining about the $100 a bag fee. If they do end up taking a plane down, let it be Spirit, those crooks!

      May 10, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  42. t3chn0ph0b3

    Invade. Now.

    May 10, 2012 at 9:41 pm | Reply
  43. Celestina

    No, Im not afraid to fly or take any other means of transportation! I personally refuse to allow a terriost or terrorist group put a damper on my freedom! To many men and women have paid the sacrifice, for our freedom.

    May 10, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
    • glennrobert

      I won't fly because of TSA. Franklin had it right, "those who give up their liberties for temporary security deserve neither".

      May 10, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Reply
      • Trevor

        I guess you're willing to put up with the cross country trip with the family National Lampoon's Vacation style right? I'd think really long and hard about what you're willing to compromise on!

        May 11, 2012 at 9:03 am |
      • Huh?

        You won't fly because of a 10 minute process that insures safety, and is no more than a minor inconvenience? You won't travel and see that world because of the TSA? That is the craziest thing I have heard this week. You are an ignorant and insane fool. Truth is, you are a coward.

        May 11, 2012 at 9:14 am |
  44. lou50

    Just wear your ear plugs and sunglasses when you fly. Make sure you have a will and an executor!

    May 10, 2012 at 9:04 pm | Reply
  45. Ross

    Didn't Obama just say Alqeada was on its last legs? Something fishy here.

    May 10, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Reply
    • 2011cnn2011

      drone....

      May 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
      • 2011cnn2011

        as these cowards dance...drone em....ouch

        May 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm |
  46. Lisa

    Can't the U.S. and other countries, just cut off transportation completely by airplanes? I know it would effect a lot of people, but if it is going to possibly lower the threats of terror attacks by airplane, then maybe it would be safer perhaps? I wouldn't ever get on an airplane these days, but that is my opinion. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. The cons would be that a lot of people would lose their job if it weren't for that type of transportation. Is anyone else too scared to get on an airplane or subway these days?

    May 10, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Don

      I'm not scared to fly (I haven't since 2001) but I refuse to be subjected to someone groping me.
      I might instinctively smack them.

      May 10, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Reply
    • Jonathan

      You've got to be kidding me. What a shame. You have actually allowed the media and government to frighten you. You did not seriously just suggest cutting off air travel to stop terrorists from attacking us with airplanes. They've only succeeded once in America. ONCE! in decades. Who goes to an airport or subway station and goes "ah I think i'll pass. Those pesky terrorists might strike."

      May 10, 2012 at 8:31 pm | Reply
  47. Tactical Conflict Management Solutions

    May 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  48. Tom

    Why do terrorists want to blow up planes? That has got to be the hardest thing for them to do with all of the security focusing on them...we should be more worried about a suicide bomber in a big city or at an event

    May 10, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
    • Trevor

      Its all about the "sensationalism" and alot more dramatic to see and airplane smashing into a building or cartwheeling down the runway, plus if they time it right, they can get it on film from the media...

      May 11, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
  49. scatchleyii

    Fear, Fear, and more Fear, had enough Amerika, the corporate bankster media thinks it has you cornered. Are you really happy about that?

    May 10, 2012 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  50. scatchleyii

    This is all boloney. They just want to pull more toddlers off of airplanes, irradiate everyone at the airport, and fondle every single American with the security theatre TSA. What a disgrace this country has become. The war on terror has been lost if every American is truly so paranoid that we all need to be fondled and irradiated at our airports. Wake up people, the truth is different than what your main stream sources are telling you. Be more afraid of what your gov't will do to you than some boogieman from an arab country. Really?

    May 10, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Reply
    • Mommie Zombie

      Real men = real danger. What have you done to keep the country safe?

      May 10, 2012 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  51. Terror Wisp 'O Will

    Everytime we show a story of a success...the "Industry" of defense will make every effort to make sure we remember that we should be afraid, be very afraid. President E warned us about this...those who do not know history...will be forced to repeat it...quick, let's hire some more TSA screeners!

    May 10, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  52. islamisvile

    islam is a crime against all humanity, particularly the moslems. All moslems need to find a better path for themselves. If they need religion, they should get a dog.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  53. Ark

    This story can't be right, Yemen doesn't have oil.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
  54. Duck

    How about the next time we deploy, we do so with a clear objective? How about we accomplish the objective and withdrawal. Period. An example of this is killing Bin laden. As long as we are at it – lets end our dependency on fossil fuels, and let the mid-east go down their own dull path. Failing that, maybe it's time to hand out medals to the non-
    combatant families who wear the real sting of battle. These people are real heros.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Reply
    • Expose The Ignorant

      Another ignorant comment from another ignorant poster. The objective in Afghanistan was not just to kill Bin Laden. The objective is to make the country secure enough that organizations like Al Qaeda and the Taliban cannot once again rise to power after we leave. The objective is to train the Afghan Army and police to be able to defend the country from the likes of Al Qaeda and the Taliban. If we do not accomplish this, we will be back in Afghanistan in a few years and starting from scratch again.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
      • Dan in Tampa

        "Expose the Ignorant" You can't be serious?? Are you that stupid to think we can "tame" this region??? How often has it been tried and failed, and why can't ignorant people learn from history?

        May 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
      • PublicNightmare

        Ignorant? We were in Afghanistan to set up and be ready to stage a war with Iraq. We didn't care about the Taliban as much as you think or they would not be again be gaining power in Afghanistan.

        May 10, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  55. tubetester

    Here we go with the paranoia all over again.

    May 10, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • Veritas

      (sarcasm)Yeah, you're right tubetester. Al Qaeda has no desire to attack the U.S. homeland, and never has. It's all government propaganda.(/sarcasm)

      May 10, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  56. US citizen

    Why dont they humanity a favor and just blow themselves up

    May 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  57. michele

    wonder what inventions they could come up with if they applied all that time and thought to the betterment of not only themselves but for the world? Just because one person does not believe the same as you doesn't make them a bad person just different beliefs and in order for the human race to move forward and not destroy ourselves and this planet we call home is for all of us to realize this. All races, religions, nationality, no matter what country you are from. Peace prospers – love heals – war kills – hate destroys – if things do not change soon I fear for the future generations.

    May 10, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Reply
    • Dan in Tampa

      It isn't just about religion. It's also way of life. They aren't interested in becoming the coporate fascist State we have. Take Florida for instance. Now the GOP that governs here wants to allow corporations to destroy even our nature trails by putting up billboards. Then when people tear them down the "small government" party will tax us more to hire police to patrol the latest aquisition of the corporations....our outdoors areas where we go to get away from them.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Reply
      • eddiecurrents

        Tell it Dan. I too live in Florida. Gov. Scott is a terrorist himself. My favorite is "test everybody for drugs but oh, not me". I worked at a hospital where drug use was rampant. Everybody was subject to testing – except management and they were the largest consumers. Mel Brooks: "It's good to be the king"

        May 11, 2012 at 3:31 am |
  58. Shel

    Shut up with the fearmongering, seriously.

    May 10, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  59. Ric74

    Oh no! Not the big bad terrorists again!!!

    Give me a freakin' break Uncle Sam. It's really getting old...

    May 10, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  60. joe

    Just bomb the entire area and get rid of them all. Human cockroaches

    May 10, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • Jeff S

      @joe funny...thats what they want to do to us.

      May 10, 2012 at 6:59 pm | Reply
    • BigGuy

      This presents itself as a wonderful training opportunity for the U.S. Air Force. They surely have ordinance that needs real world testing. Turn it all into a giant hole in the earth. Wipe the vermin off the planet.

      May 10, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  61. John Herling

    Would it not now be logical to pull our troops out of Afghanistan as soon as possible, and send them to southern Yemen?

    May 10, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Reply
    • Thor the Badass Thunder God

      Yeah, it's just a matter of making sure that Afghanistan is self sufficient

      May 10, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
      • Vader

        "Self sufficient Afghanistan" is an oxymoron.

        May 10, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
      • Dan in Tampa

        Self sufficient in whose eyes? American corporate eyes? What you mean to say I think is "when they let us build McDonald's"

        May 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm |
    • Thor

      No, as it would increase Islamic extremism in areas around Nigeria, where we get much of our oil.

      We should stop dronestrikes, and support pro democracy forces.

      Hearts and minds people, remember this.

      May 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Reply
      • Dan in Tampa

        We should stop allowing corporate fascism and not allow the Oil Companies and other fossil fuel corporations to dictate our energy and foreign policies. In other words do like Germany is working towards. Renewables. Check out what they are doing and after you examine it explain why if they can we can not?

        May 10, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
      • YoungMarine

        Dude Osama was scared of drones. If the worlds most notorious terrorist is scared of something we are doing we should keep doing it

        May 10, 2012 at 11:38 pm |
    • markishere

      How about pulling them out, bringing them home and putting them to work here? Oh yeah, that would make too much sense.

      May 10, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Reply
      • Jeff S

        pulling out is not a guarantee.

        May 10, 2012 at 7:00 pm |

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