August 5th, 2013
06:04 PM ET

Source: al Qaeda leader urged affiliate to 'do something'

By Barbara Starr

A message from al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri to his second in command in Yemen told him to "do something," causing U.S. and Yemeni officials to fear imminent terrorist action, CNN has learned.

For weeks, U.S. and Yemeni officials watched a rising stream of intelligence about the possibility of a major terrorist attack in Yemen but grew increasingly alarmed after intercepting a message within the past several days said to be from al-Zawahiri, who is believed to be in Pakistan. The message was sent to Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror group's Yemeni affiliate. U.S. intelligence believes al-Wuhayshi has recently been appointed the overall terror organization's No. 2 leader.

U.S. officials cautioned that there may be multiple sources of intelligence including intercepts of electronic information from phone calls, web postings, but also interrogation of couriers or other operatives.

CNN had the information over the weekend and decided not to report the details about al-Zawahiri's involvement based on U.S. government concerns about the sensitivity of the information. Now that it has been widely reported in other media, including the New York Times and McClatchy, CNN has now decided to report it as well.

The United States has heightened its security stance by issuing a worldwide travel alert and closing a number of embassies and consulates over a large area of the Middle East and Africa this week.

The White House said the substantial security steps reflect an "abundance of caution" over intelligence information that indicated final planning by al Qaeda in Yemen for possible terrorist attacks on Western targets to coincide with the end of Ramadan this week.

The intercepted message further intensified concerns already heightened by increased terrorist chatter detected by intelligence agencies, as well as a series of prison breaks that freed al Qaeda figures.

A senior official with Iraq's interior ministry told CNN on condition of not being identified that top officials of al Qaeda in Iraq, including Adnan Ismail Najim Abdullah al-Dulaimi, escaped from Abu Ghraib prison during a jailbreak there last month and remain at large.

Yemen is an area of particular concern.

Three sources said the United States has information that members of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are in the final stages of planning for an unspecified attack.

White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Monday that U.S. anti-terrorism efforts had decimated al Qaeda's global leadership and greatly diminished its core in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. But the threat still posed "has shifted to some of these affiliates, in particular AQAP."

Over the weekend, Interpol warned that al Qaeda has been tied to the prison breaks on July 23 in Iraq, on July 26 in Libya and four days later in Pakistan.

Separately, American special forces units overseas have been on alert for the past several days for a mission to attack potential al Qaeda targets if those behind the most recent terror threats against U.S. interests can be identified, a senior Obama administration official told CNN.

The official declined to identify the units or their locations because of the sensitive nature of the information.

The units, along with several others, were put on heightened alert by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week.

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soundoff (955 Responses)
  1. Tbnj Hlutfh

    ever ask youself WHAT CANT THE US GOV. do?

    August 6, 2013 at 1:30 am | Reply
  2. Shayla

    Please tell me why we haven't flattened them all out yet? Oh and please don't say because there are innocent people there, because growing up, I was taught, sometimes the good have to suffer for the bad. Eliminate the threat and move on!

    August 6, 2013 at 1:29 am | Reply
  3. johnny _m_mustard

    May a pi-g shlt in you turban al azzzshole.

    August 6, 2013 at 1:29 am | Reply
  4. johnny _m_mustard

    May a pig shlt on your head
    May a pig shlt in your bed
    May a pig shlt
    May a pig shlt , May a pig shlt until your dead.

    August 6, 2013 at 1:26 am | Reply
  5. brown

    Sadly, it would seem America needs to get hit again, only much harder.

    America's dangerously uninformed electorate is oblivious to the threat

    created by a relatively small group of elected and non elected government

    beauracrates who have adulterated American foreign policy to the detriment

    of her citizens. Half the population thinks the muslim world hate America because

    of relative wealth and how we live. NOTHING could be further from the truth.

    Many muslims hate America because American politicians, the State Department, CIA, etc.

    are meddling in the affairs of muslim countries. Take a look at the Middle East, most of the

    dictators were put in power by the U.S.A. This was done in your name.

    Open your eyes, you are being deceived by your government. Muslims want the same things you want

    in life ... a job, good medical care, a home and safe playgrounds for their kids.

    America and many other Western countries created many of what we call radical islamists. We call them terrorists,

    you would probably be called a terrorist too if a foreign country was doing what our politicians are doing in their

    countries.

    Open your eyes America, the true threat to your country, family and friends lives in Washington, D.C.

    August 6, 2013 at 1:24 am | Reply
  6. johnny _m_mustard

    May a pig shlt on your turban AL Zawarhi !

    August 6, 2013 at 1:21 am | Reply
  7. Tbnj Hlutfh

    THEY ALSO CALLED ME AND SAID THEY THE GOV. DID NOT KNOW WHERE I LIVE THE NEXT WEEK A PARTY LETTER ARRIVES

    August 6, 2013 at 1:21 am | Reply
  8. Tbnj Hlutfh

    ALL AMERICAN MY FREIND NEVER LIVED OTHER PLACES AND "THEY" KNOW IT BECAUSE THEY CALLED ME AND REMINDED ME

    August 6, 2013 at 1:18 am | Reply
  9. Tbnj Hlutfh

    WHERE DOES ONE GO WHERE THE INTERNET IS NOT real?

    August 6, 2013 at 1:16 am | Reply
  10. MGNolan

    The attack at Fort Hood was not terrorism. If it was my president would've said it was.

    August 6, 2013 at 1:14 am | Reply
  11. Tbnj Hlutfh

    you answered... is the internet real or imaginary? to me? to you? or to "them" whom ever "they" might be...

    August 6, 2013 at 1:14 am | Reply
  12. brown

    Question your government as if your life depends upon it, it does!

    August 6, 2013 at 1:13 am | Reply
  13. Tbnj Hlutfh

    I GOT THE US GOV PARTY CARDS THE gov SENT ME TO SHOW OTHERWISE I DID NOT ASK FOR THEM BUT THEY SENT THEM ANYWAY COMPLETE WITH MY NAME ON THEM

    August 6, 2013 at 1:11 am | Reply
  14. Rg

    Do something!

    August 6, 2013 at 1:10 am | Reply
  15. Hooligan

    LOLOLOL

    Al Qaeda says jump and everyone does.

    August 6, 2013 at 1:10 am | Reply
  16. kamarasune

    Let'um kill one another and let them do it without our giving them aid or weapons. Ten + years of war is quite enough.

    August 6, 2013 at 1:09 am | Reply
  17. Tbnj Hlutfh

    THE MILITARY INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX YOU MEAN?

    August 6, 2013 at 1:08 am | Reply
    • Skarphace

      You do realize that you are talking to yourself again, right?

      August 6, 2013 at 1:11 am | Reply
  18. Tbnj Hlutfh

    OH BUT THEY SUPPRESS THE RECORDS USING A PRESS REP. BUT THEY REMIND YOU THAT THE POLICE CAN ALWAYS SEE THE RECORDS AND I CHECKED

    August 6, 2013 at 1:06 am | Reply
  19. Tbnj Hlutfh

    I live it ass hole UNDERSTAND MOTHER FUCCER

    August 6, 2013 at 1:04 am | Reply
  20. johnny _m_mustard

    Put a bullet in his monkey shaped head !

    August 6, 2013 at 1:03 am | Reply
  21. Tbnj Hlutfh

    YOU RELIZE THAT PEOPLE HAVE PERSCRIPTIONS BEFORE THEY EVER HERD OF OBAMA

    August 6, 2013 at 1:02 am | Reply
  22. Skarphace

    Ok, I think I have figured out al Qaeda's plan. They will threaten an attack, then fail to carry it out, then plan another attack and fail to carry it out, then plan another attack and so on and so on until we get complacent, then they will actually succeed to carry one out and surprise us all wth their determination. Like MJ said, "I have failed over and over and over again and that is why I succeed." This proves it; they are Michael Jordan fans!

    August 6, 2013 at 1:02 am | Reply
    • johnny _m_mustard

      Fuk em !

      August 6, 2013 at 1:04 am | Reply
      • Skarphace

        Gross. You first.

        August 6, 2013 at 1:12 am |
  23. Timewilltell

    Ayman al-Zawahiri can be found just like Bin Laden right?

    August 6, 2013 at 1:01 am | Reply
    • Rocketman

      Why don't you go find him, you seem to know where he's at.

      August 6, 2013 at 1:03 am | Reply
    • frank

      Cowards, alway hiding! A real man would come out of the cave and say it himself. Instead, the fear of a drone is what keeps this man hiding.

      August 6, 2013 at 1:31 am | Reply
  24. Tbnj Hlutfh

    MEDS ANOTHER EXCUSE TO WATCH

    August 6, 2013 at 1:00 am | Reply
  25. Ron

    Alzaweiri said, " do somting I doan car wit it is but do somting, even if you bake zom cookies, but do somting!!"

    August 6, 2013 at 12:59 am | Reply
  26. Tbnj Hlutfh

    ASK YOURSELF ARE YOU FREE ANSWER NO

    August 6, 2013 at 12:59 am | Reply
    • Rocketman

      I'm free! sorry if you want to cower to the enemy.

      August 6, 2013 at 1:00 am | Reply
  27. JGN

    My god what twelve year olds are writing these articles these days?
    I'm sorry if I'm insulting you but if you are going to at least nominally claim to run a news service can you not hire people who are capable of addressing spelling and punctuation issues, and pay attention to their sentence structure? After all, these are important stories and should not be written by such rank amateurs! It takes away from the actual content of the story.

    August 6, 2013 at 12:58 am | Reply
    • Rocketman

      Oh shut-up already!!!

      August 6, 2013 at 1:01 am | Reply
    • johnny _m_mustard

      Ah, blow me !

      August 6, 2013 at 1:06 am | Reply
    • johnny _m_mustard

      Ah, fvucking blow me al zawari you retarted ass-o-nine mutha fvucking pig shlt peice of pig crap !

      August 6, 2013 at 1:19 am | Reply
    • Acratopotes

      To answer your very apt question. Obviously the "who" that are writing these responses are the typically poorly educated, deluded, and cognitively dysfunctional morons and dolts that comprise the large majority of the Generation-Y, so called "Millennials".

      August 6, 2013 at 1:52 am | Reply
  28. Tbnj Hlutfh

    truth to power

    August 6, 2013 at 12:57 am | Reply
  29. Tbnj Hlutfh

    THE GOV PUTS AMERICANS IN JAIL BY TAKING ALL OF THERE MONEY AFTER THE PUT THEM IN JAIL AFTER BRAINWASHING ONE OF THEIR RELITIVES TO CALL THE CIA SO THE DUMB RELITIVE CALLS OUT OF CURIOUSITY THEN TURNS AROUND AND CALLS 911 BECAUSE THE GOV HAS BRAINWASHED THEM INTO DOING SO THUS THE CITIZEN GETS CHARGED WITH A IMAGINARY CRIME PUT IN JAIL THE PUT ON PROBATION TO BE WATCHED VERY VERY VERY VERY CLOSELY WHY BECAUSE OBAMA IS A NIGG

    August 6, 2013 at 12:56 am | Reply
    • Skarphace

      Meds. Now.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:58 am | Reply
    • wow

      Maybe before you go on a racist-conspiracy-theory outburst, take your caps lock off, and run a grammar check.

      August 6, 2013 at 1:02 am | Reply
    • Poster Child for Far Right

      If anyone was wondering about the general intelligence of people on the far right - the post above that starts this thread is as good as it gets. Devoid of anything resembling the english language and impossible to decipher. Illogical, start to finish.

      August 6, 2013 at 1:07 am | Reply
  30. DemoCRACK

    Barry Muslim's got the upper hand on this one just like he does with healthcare and the illegals

    August 6, 2013 at 12:54 am | Reply
    • Pathetic

      Nice far right garbage response. First of all, you're clearly a Birther, which means you have the IQ of a piece of wood. The Muslim reference is baseless, but par for the course if you rely on the likes of Beck, Hannity and Limbaugh for your "information." Healthcare? No one could use it more than people like you, that is apparent. Illegals? You act as if the problem simply popped up on January 20, 2009. Besides, an immigration bill has passed the Senate and is now at the mercy of the tea-ba99ers in the House where Boehner is as weak as it gets. Unless they include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act in every piece of legislation - it doesn't get passed out of the House.

      August 6, 2013 at 1:02 am | Reply
    • Al Hussaini

      كنت معتوه. باري شيوعيا، وليس مسلم

      August 6, 2013 at 1:02 am | Reply
  31. Tbnj Hlutfh

    SO HOW MANY THINGS HAS THE NSA SHUT YOU OUT OF I CAN SAY ALL BUT THIS PAGE

    August 6, 2013 at 12:50 am | Reply
    • Al Hussaini

      إإذا كنت أكتب بلغة أخرى، يمكنك أن تقول أي شيء. تبقي فقط موافق للشريعة اليهودية

      August 6, 2013 at 1:12 am | Reply
      • pat

        Pretty impressive, Allah Fucbar!

        August 6, 2013 at 1:39 am |
      • ultima09

        مترجم جوجل يجعل الحياة أفضل.

        August 6, 2013 at 1:51 am |
    • Al Hussaini

      نعم. أنا يهودية فعلا.

      August 6, 2013 at 1:13 am | Reply
      • Schlomo

        מצחיק מאוד, רשיד

        August 6, 2013 at 1:17 am |
  32. Astounded

    The govt WANTS a terrorist attack! They are all but BEGGING for one. Why? Well because right now they "need" an attack to justify the ridiculous privacy invading NSA. I'll bet they've made up the whole "we intercepted a message" in order to put pressure on the terrorists to act. They probably aided in those jailbreaks hoping for something to happen. Wake up! The govt IS corrupt and will stop at nothing to turn us into a country of compliant sheep complete with martial law. Obamas condescending "we aren't listening to your phone calls" is a lie. They ARE! And not because of terrorism, because they seek to dominate every aspect of our lives. Forget terrorists, the real threat is right here at home!

    August 6, 2013 at 12:44 am | Reply
    • Skarphace

      If the NSA listened in on my phone calls, I would feel sorry for them. They would be bored to death. By the way, if you don't want to be charged with a crime, don't be a criminal. Problem solved.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:48 am | Reply
      • BeepBopZipZop

        What the NSA is doing IS criminal. Whether or not a person has committed a crime doesn't matter anymore, the NSA is already treating everyone as guilty.

        August 6, 2013 at 1:00 am |
      • Skarphace

        If what the NSA was doing now is criminal, then how come Congress (both Dems and Repubs) just confirmed the NSA's right to gather this info? Congress makes the laws, right?

        August 6, 2013 at 1:04 am |
      • BeepBopZipZop

        The fact that the law exists doesn't automatically make it just. What if tomorrow Congress passes a law that says if you live 20 minutes from work you cannot legally drive there. instead you have to bike, walk or public transit there, just something overly ridiculous. Being a law doesn't make it any less idiotic. America was founded by criminals if you've forgotten.

        August 6, 2013 at 1:18 am |
    • k_Daraa

      YOU need to diversify. If YOU gathered information from foreign sources publishing more information about those jail-breaks, YOU might believe less in an American government conspiracy "THEY" theory, and more on blaming murderous sunni takfiri extremists for direct (desperate) action to replenish their ranks.

      August 6, 2013 at 1:02 am | Reply
  33. M Simons

    This was likely just a test by "them" to see how much traffic is intercepted. Next they will probably do the old bait and switch. Data collection doesn't do much good when you're collecting bad data.

    August 6, 2013 at 12:44 am | Reply
    • Astounded

      Maybe. Or maybe it didn't happen at all and this is the govts way of pressuring them for an attack to support the gregarious and flagrant disregard for our privacy.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:46 am | Reply
  34. Tbnj Hlutfh

    BOSTON MARATHON IS EXCLUDED?

    August 6, 2013 at 12:41 am | Reply
  35. L'Heureux

    The same leader has whined about the same second in command doing nothing before. Maybe it was a track back?

    August 6, 2013 at 12:41 am | Reply
    • Astounded

      Track back? Quest que cest?

      August 6, 2013 at 12:47 am | Reply
  36. Bob Hobbs

    Obama, stop playing defense!

    Where is Ayman al Zawahiri?
    Go get him!

    We need an Arab "Eliott Ness and his Untouchables"
    to go play HAVOC with Al Queda leadership.

    Stop playing video games with drones!

    August 6, 2013 at 12:37 am | Reply
    • Skarphace

      Um .. the drones are not defense. Contradict yourself much?

      August 6, 2013 at 12:39 am | Reply
  37. Otis

    OMG! The idiots in filthy pajamas that don't bathe are planning an attack! Run!

    August 6, 2013 at 12:36 am | Reply
  38. D Rakesh

    Ha ha ha. This is what happens after decades of unjust foreign policy. Anything at all, anything, and out of 'abundance of caution' the US has to go into self-protection overdrive. Imagine the amount of money and energy and time spent on these things, diplomacy suspended, Americans disliked in most parts of the world, now even their economy has begun to desert them. All for what. Actually, here the Al Qaeda head was complaining to his deputy about his cook, who the latter had procured for him. Zawahari was so fed up of the cook that he was pleading to his deputy to 'do something'. The Americans, of course, picked up this chatter and went into self-preservation mode. My advice to the US government is to look at the Scandinavian countries, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Germany, and learn from them. The world respects these countries and admire them. They are prosperous too.

    August 6, 2013 at 12:34 am | Reply
    • mily

      that's wut u would think right?? that they stay up during the day time not eating or drinking water...but nope...they pretty much switch their stupid sleeping pattern. they close most of the stores during the daytime, food, malls even 7/11 type of stores and they just open up after 6 pm and stay up...so in relazity most of them are not staying awake during the daytime hour thus fasting...i am not impresed by their BS...i live in bahrain i see it daily...

      August 6, 2013 at 12:41 am | Reply
    • Oshkosh

      You must be one of those communist Indian or a converted Muslim from a spineless country like India. Where Pakistan is terrorizing you all the time despite your deep love for them. You are trying to earn the heart and mind of Pakistan when they are terrorizing you with your loving all foreign policy,

      August 6, 2013 at 1:14 am | Reply
  39. Tbnj Hlutfh

    SO ASK YOURSELF: IS THE INTERNET REAL OR IMAGINARY

    August 6, 2013 at 12:33 am | Reply
  40. brown

    Americans are one of the most vulnerable populations on the planet despite the
    modest safety provided by the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

    It is best not to throw stones when you live in a glass house.

    August 6, 2013 at 12:32 am | Reply
    • Skarphace

      Really? How many terrorist attacks have been successfully carried out on American soil in the last decade as compared to most other countries? Sure, we have our internal problems due to drugs, gangs, and a rampant gun culture, but al Qaeda has only been successful attacking our foreign interests since 9/11.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:38 am | Reply
      • brown

        Look at what a single terrorist attack did to your country.

        The citizens of America are now many trillions of dollars poorer,

        Terrorist networks are growing despite what your

        media is telling you and most Americans are dangerously

        ignorant as to why the 'terrorists' attacked your country

        in the first place. Hint ... they are not jealous of you and do not

        care how you live your lives.

        Open your eyes, the consequences of what some in your government

        are doing in the name of 'America' in foreign lands is staggering.

        Be a true American patriot, question your government every day, your

        life will one day depend upon it.

        August 6, 2013 at 1:10 am |
  41. Skarphace

    Ok, here is my question: when is al Qaeda not planning an attack?

    August 6, 2013 at 12:31 am | Reply
    • zeke

      indeed. isn't it their job to plan attacks?

      August 6, 2013 at 12:45 am | Reply
  42. Cadiz

    Remember, it's Ramadan and the middle of the summer so these guys are sitting around from sun-up to to sunset without being allowed to eat, drink, smoke or even chew a piece of chewing gum. By the end of the day they they are hungry, thirsty, angry and fantacizing about food and drink. Is it any surprise there are calls going back and forth to 'punish someone, anyone', for their misery? Come on, I thought they had better 'intelligence' of an attack than this? I have heard many conspiracy theorists saying this is a 'false flag' operation to deflect attention from everything from Benghazi to the NSA scandal, I am really starting to wonder if this isn't true.

    August 6, 2013 at 12:29 am | Reply
  43. BinladensLeftRottenBall

    ALRIGHT NAVY SEAL BOYS, YOU HAD ENOUGH TIME OFF. GET ER DONE !!

    August 6, 2013 at 12:27 am | Reply
  44. BinladensLeftRottenBall

    DURKA ALLAH MOHAMMED JIHAD...DURK DUK ALLAH DURKA DURKA MOHAMMED JIHAD......ahhhhh DURKA DURKA DURKA

    August 6, 2013 at 12:26 am | Reply
  45. Joe

    His number 2 and my number 2 smell the same.

    August 6, 2013 at 12:22 am | Reply
  46. Belseth

    So his number 2 is either scared of doing something or unable to do anything. Yep they sound scary. Let's spend a few trillion more defending ourselves against these idiots. They say jump and we say how many billion! They are practically calling the shots in our defense department!!!!

    August 6, 2013 at 12:22 am | Reply
  47. pat

    Hey, whadaya gonna do? We've got Erkel running the show.

    August 6, 2013 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • Skarphace

      True. It would have been so much better with Romney who would have American troops in Syria and Egypt by now, as well as back in Iraq. Who cares about al Qaeda when we have Americans dying in multiple wars once again.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:34 am | Reply
      • pat

        Hey, that's pretty funny...3 card mote game will be ending soon!

        August 6, 2013 at 1:42 am |
  48. pat

    Somebody needs to get the Plouffer involved in this...How can you tell the Plouffer? He is the one with the dirty knees!
    He would help, but right now he is helping Anthony Wiener with his campaign. Slogan to sound like this..."BOING!!!"

    August 6, 2013 at 12:15 am | Reply
    • elucidated1

      Uh, if you think Plouffe is bad, get a load of the reaction that Reience Priebus gets from anyone other than the far right. He's the Democrats best friend, and now wants to complain about a TV show about Hiillary? If he had any decent candidates, he wouldn't be so paranoid. He doesn't.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:21 am | Reply
      • pat

        "At this point, what difference does it really make?" Hahahahahahahahahahaha!

        August 6, 2013 at 12:26 am |
  49. the blame game: a simple solution

    ok so we have only 2 real interests in the middle east:.1)Protecting Israel and 2)cheep crude oil. Well we already gave Israel the keys to some Nukes, now all we need to do is eliminate consumption of foreign oil. So what I propose is this: Instead of wasting all that time energy and taxpayer money on bombs, spreading democracy and all that jazz...uncle Sam can buy us Tesla vehicles... Yes the electric cars of the future that are here now! I suppose we could still drop bombs for a little while on our enemies... But what kind of bombs you ask...car bombs. we just gas up the vehicles one last time and drop them in....enter your favorite enemy country here...they explode on impact...

    August 6, 2013 at 12:15 am | Reply
  50. Tyrone Shoes

    "al-Zawahiri, who is believed to be in Pakistan.". Concidentally, the same place we found Bin Laden... Turn this Sh!thole into an ashtray... Enough with this PC BS and let's
    win this war.

    August 6, 2013 at 12:13 am | Reply
    • mark

      I guess I've been blocked from leaving a comment on news stories as there wasn't any comment box. How outspoken I've always been, it doesn't surprise me. Sorry I'm using your comment so I can leave my own, although I do agree with you.
      My beaf as always is with CNN. On Reuters, one of the main stories,( and it was the main story earlier today) was about "U.S. directs agents to cover up use of wiretaps" but of course you can find NOTHING about it here. Once again, the government in mainstream media pocket. I only come on to CNN' site for a laugh and over disgust. Readers are not getting the news, but rather cable entertainment news..Read Reuters or Al Jazerra for real in depth reporting. Also look for independent news sources because CNN and all the other MSM outlets have become a joke.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:30 am | Reply
      • Albert

        Don't be so blind., they all have their price, and they all push the propaganda of the highest bidder.

        August 6, 2013 at 12:51 am |
    • pat

      I'm with you Tyrone...too bad most of Obama's sheep want to be friends with the Muzzies! Remember the movie – Mars Attacks? It that simple...yet the Minions what to make it something else! Benghazi never happened...just ask Carney! Ft. Hood was just work place violence. Homeland Security buying up all the ammo! What for? Our enemies are on the run! Who they need to shoot? The Mexicans? The Polka Band from Milwaukee? WHO? Erkel and his gang are running the show!

      August 6, 2013 at 1:48 am | Reply
  51. Johnny

    I often tell my number 2 to "Do Something" just to freak out the person in the stall next to mine.

    August 6, 2013 at 12:13 am | Reply
    • Buey Boy

      You made my week!

      August 6, 2013 at 12:51 am | Reply
  52. Yon

    Earth to Barry! Al Que Duh is on the run!

    August 6, 2013 at 12:11 am | Reply
  53. Poppy

    Hard to fear ugly old men who look like dirty wizards who desperately need to soak in a bath for days and days. OMG THEY'RE SO DAMN UGLY LOOKING!!!!!

    August 6, 2013 at 12:11 am | Reply
  54. jamessavik

    terrorist#1 Do something.
    terrorist #2 No you do something.
    terrorist #1 How can I do anything? The drones are circling like vultures.
    terrorist #2 Are you kidding? The snipers here are....

    August 6, 2013 at 12:09 am | Reply
    • Born To Scream

      terrorist #1: Well, let's FART at the same time to scare them.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:40 am | Reply
  55. Buey Boy

    He could be telling him to "take out the garbage" or to "marry his daughter." Why are we making a leap based on "do something?"

    August 6, 2013 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • Skarphace

      Um .. all al Qaeda really 'does' is plan and attempt to carry out terrorist attacks. Therefore, no, it is not much of a 'stretch' at all.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:53 am | Reply
  56. winchester74

    The Al Queda Navy is planning a beach invasion of the Jersey Shore as we speak. And the Al Queda Air Force will provide air cover. Buy more guns!! Buy more ammo !!!! It won't help but you can suck on the barrel like a pacifier until you calm down.

    August 6, 2013 at 12:03 am | Reply
  57. James PDX

    Is it a coincidence that there are so man Als in the leadership of Al-Qaeda? Can we refer to the leader as Big Al?

    August 6, 2013 at 12:02 am | Reply
  58. we need to worry here

    al Qaeda is a multiple headed snake with many many legs.

    August 6, 2013 at 12:01 am | Reply
  59. ted turner

    you fools dont realise it s an false flag operation is taking place, I owner of the CNN network have said in the past that depopulation is a must in this world and wars are the only option where wars are funded by my corporates elites brotherhood

    August 6, 2013 at 12:01 am | Reply
  60. Bubba

    If he had a son he would look like al zawahiri.. he could be zawahiri. Happy Ramadan!

    August 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Reply
  61. micarlhay

    Were they watching a Nike commercial in Farsi (just do it)?

    I'm a terrorist and I, in the simplest and cheapest way possible, make Americans spend millions of dollars. So, I call over my terror buddies, and say "dudes, watch this." I type in "Do Something," and *poof* embassies all over the world are in lockdown. "Ha ha, good one Ayman!"

    Or maybe the NSA wants to scare us again, so that we will once again think it is OK they are snagging pictures from our little girls' facebook pages.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  62. winchester74

    Oh my! The sky is falling !!! Please spend more billions on the NSA spy program. And spend even more billions on aircraft carriers and fighter jets to protect us from the bearded towel heads. None of these things will save us but we'll feel much better knowing that global corporations are milking our fear for every dime they can squeeze out of us.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:58 pm | Reply
    • Bubba

      True...feel safer now? Give us all your rights and you will be safe.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:01 am | Reply
  63. Rick

    An Orwellian prison rape and this was all we got.... do something?

    August 5, 2013 at 11:56 pm | Reply
  64. Bubba

    If it's not the jigs starting trouble it's the damn Muslims again. Its always one or the other.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Reply
    • winchester74

      or the white racist goobers who sit in their trailer pecking out hate on their computer.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:59 pm | Reply
      • Bubba

        I gots me one of dem smart phonys.

        August 6, 2013 at 12:04 am |
      • Jack

        Don't bother, he's a sad sack in need of attention – just ignore him and he'll run back to mommy.

        August 6, 2013 at 12:07 am |
      • Bubba

        Last few weeks it was Al Sharpton now this week its Al Zawahiri...lol proof??

        August 6, 2013 at 12:13 am |
  65. Ben

    It is amazing how many intelligence experts we have on here. I'm also sure Zawahiri sent a courier to deliver a 2 word message...

    August 5, 2013 at 11:52 pm | Reply
  66. West Coast Conservative

    You really have us on the run mr president!!

    August 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Reply
  67. Jeff

    Looking at the big picture, this is madness. AQ is seeking revenge because we killed one of its leaders. We have been killing various "leaders" and accidentally killing a few innocents along the way for over a decade, creating Martyrs and recruiting more eager terrorists to fill their spots. 9/11 was a response to our attacks on an AQ camp, those attacks were a response to AQ attacks on our embassies, the embassy attacks were a result of our going back on a promise to not occupy Holy lands in the Middle East after Gulf I, and on it continues to this day, with no end in site. It's an endless cycle that neither side has the balls to end. My oldest kid was a few months old on 9/11 and, the way things are going, this war will still be going strong when she's old enough to be dragged into it.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      Jeff, while I commend your effort to "understand the other side's POV," your error is in assuming they are sane. Do u really think if we just stopped killing their fellow terrorists they'd leave America alone? Really?!

      August 6, 2013 at 12:05 am | Reply
    • Keith

      All too sad and true, Jeff. So much violence amounts to self perpetuating cycles. I wonder when people will stop, as they finally did in Ireland, and realize that we are all human beings, more alike than different.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:11 am | Reply
      • Jack

        Nah, once they go insane they aren't any more human than a zombie. Glad you weren't in charge of dealing with Hitler....

        August 6, 2013 at 12:44 am |
    • Poppy

      Their leader was really really stupid so we did them a favor. They should be thanking us. You're very welcome AQ!!!

      August 6, 2013 at 12:13 am | Reply
    • Brian

      Osama bin Laden was very clear. Pull US troops out of Saudi Arabia, and establish a Palestinian state, then we're all good. He also said his aim was to force the US into a long war that financially bled us dry. Seems like he accomplished what he intended.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:43 am | Reply
  68. Jacques

    These Islamic Nazi extremists are a bunch of ass clowns.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm | Reply
    • Ben

      I'm pretty sure Islamic and Nazi don't go together.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Reply
      • Copenshaw

        They do and they always have. Hitler had a company oentirely of Muslims. And he was advised by the grand mufti of Jerusalem.

        August 6, 2013 at 12:13 am |
  69. we need to worry here

    they will attack us HERE in U.S.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  70. brown

    Americans, you have the government you keep re-electing over and over and over again.

    How's it working out for you? The rich are getting ultra rich and you and your family are

    becoming less well off every passing year.

    Go get your flag and wave it, maybe you'll feel better.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Reply
    • Jacques

      As much as I hate to admit is, much of what you say is true.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Reply
    • darrtown

      Actually "brown" my family and I are doing just fine and will continue to. we aren't one of the ultra rich or even just rich but things are definitely getting better. sorry we don't hold to your preconceived notions.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:02 am | Reply
      • romoreno

        Give it time....You will feel the pinch very soon....Unless your one of those on welfare or one who got exempted from all the hardshoip like some states and friend of the prez did? hmm?

        August 6, 2013 at 12:13 am |
    • Rick

      We don't like hearing the truth. It doesn't do much good anyway, it's too difficult to get through the apathy. Despite the fact that more and more of the wealth goes to the few "on top", many (I didn't say all) of the "deprived" 99% have it pretty "good" (flat screen TVs, boats, second homes, gas sucking SUV's, etc). Good enough to keep the inequity going and allow the rich to flourish by skimming off the middle class. Kinda weird, we all know what's going on and we continue to let it happen.
      Oh sorry, concerning this article...how can I possibly believe what they are saying is true. I believe CNN is reporting what they are being fed accurately, but what the government is saying is hardly the truth. It is very convenient to have this come out with Ed Snowden just having received asylum, too much so for me. I don't appreciate being lied to.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:45 am | Reply
  71. Peter

    I am perfectly ok with our government invading the privacy of foreign nationals if that kills more bad guys, or saves American lives. I am still not ok with our government spying on us for no reason (even if they have a really good reason, they still need a warrant).

    August 5, 2013 at 11:48 pm | Reply
    • Aarky

      I'm sure other posters have spotted the obvious contradiction. The NSA, CIA, fusion centers have spent untold billions on an all seeing 1984 George Orwell security state that listens to every call in the world. It shows that their system has failed if they can tell us, "The Sky is Falling, Beware of an impending attack", but they can't tell us where, when, what type and so on. Just maybe those billions of phone calls, emails, and numerous other types of messages they suck up every day has created a huge mountain of chaff and it makes it impossible to find the needles (terrorists) until too late.

      August 6, 2013 at 12:03 am | Reply
    • Pam

      Who are the real bad guys??? Think about it!

      August 6, 2013 at 12:12 am | Reply
  72. Indusprinz

    Start looking for this #1 in Pakistan near some Army garrison town or around the offices of ISI.....this guy is begging for a slug,

    August 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  73. James

    OMG!!! I am so scared to death now!! OMG!!

    Please takes these guys out!!!
    I will give you what ever rights I have left.
    Just take these guys out.
    Cause I am scared so much!!!

    TIME FOR ANOTHER GAME – CAUSE THIS ONE AINT WORKING ANY MORE!!! BUSH TACTICS ENDED WITH BUSH!!!

    August 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  74. Chase

    My brother is currently working safaris in Kenya, could he be at risk? How should he get home safely?

    August 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • John D.

      With some help from Rafiki I'm sure he'll be just fine. Hakuna matata.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:47 pm | Reply
  75. fallsgal

    If this was kept a secret and a terrorists attack occurred, everyone would say why weren't we told, why were we not warned. When there is a chance of something happening and people are warned they still have sarcastic comments, so no matter who is president they cannot win no matter what./

    August 5, 2013 at 11:41 pm | Reply
    • Michael

      Exactly. People always seem have the right answers and perspective in hindsight. I can't believe the amount of dumb people who don't understand that just because an approach comes up with one good or one bad result (no matter how high-profile), that it's the only right or wrong approach.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:49 pm | Reply
  76. the blame game: divide & conquer

    The republican response: Why are we spending taxpayer money on this $#I+. we should just wait till the blow up another embassy and further blame the White House for not doing anything. Then we can say that Obama told the IRS to give the CIA 2 billion for another failed operation. It doesn't matter if its true or not the media will just eat it up...

    August 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  77. Steve

    Well, I guess they 'did something', lol They've got the US running & crying like little beetches, LOL

    August 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Reply
    • Peter

      And in that respect, they have won.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  78. clarinet

    Don't just do something – stand there you fool!

    August 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  79. johnny _m_mustard

    We need ti killl em !

    August 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  80. Matt Damon

    You know how Liberals make fun of George Bush for his "Mission Accomplished" statement awhile back. Pretty safe to say the rest of us non-Liberals should make sure they hear this one. "Al Qaeda is on the run" Bahahahaha.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Reply
    • Major Tom

      Right, because "do something" is the type of well thought-out, strategically planned "command" a confident, secure and stable commander gives to his no. 2 to execute. Faux sheep m0r0n.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • Ben

      I missed the part where you showed how that isn't true. Also, the Republicans on the intelligence committee claim the same statement to be true.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:50 pm | Reply
  81. Ryan

    This is actually more hilarious than scary. His instructions were to "do something." Sounds desperate and pathetic. And what exactly are they going to do from Yemen that anyone would even care about? Yemen is already a complete craphole. Would be hard for them to make it any worse. The last time some Yemeni terrorists tried sneaking in to Saudi Arabia they were all killed.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
  82. kim

    This is a m$assive cover up as laws are being passed and other issues its a cloud. As media and those that control the media have darken the minds of the majority only those with senses able to see what is the truth will sirvive and be ready for any event. All lies all perpitrated to detach us from the truth.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:31 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      No it's not. It's called a slow news week. The media is not covering up anything for the government, they picked up the story because they have nothing else to report on that they feel people will be interested in. That doesn't mean that there aren't things the media should be reporting on, if they were concerned about reporting on what was relevant and didn't care about ratings or staying in business, but obviously that's not the way that the media works.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Reply
  83. brown

    Aaahhh! The fruits of American foreign policy. Go ahead, taste it!

    August 5, 2013 at 11:29 pm | Reply
    • romoreno

      This is the the fruit of the new pro muslim american policy! There was a time when a real man sat in the white house with swagger and no fear of alquida or muslim threat. This wh and its occupant are a sad excuse for life, liberty and the American way! Its a trojan horse.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm | Reply
  84. AA

    did anyone thought about it, maybe the 2nd man in Yemeni was been lazy and Al-Zawahiri told him to "do something".

    August 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  85. dshank92

    Reblogged this on dshankliberal.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
  86. CommonSensed

    "Do something"

    They can all die for a good start.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:26 pm | Reply
  87. Edward

    If Zawahiri had sent a message to his second in command in Yemen, they would have been droned immediately. Perhaps the Saudis will accommodate Obomber with a "real" attack somewhere to make believers out of the remaining herd of loyal sheeple.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Reply
    • Ryan

      I know there are lots of dumb people who are going to be commenting on these articles but I am inevitably impressed anyway by just HOW dumb y'all are.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:28 pm | Reply
      • TheBob

        Anyone who says "ya'll" isn't exactly fit to judge how smart or dumb others are. Kind of like how a worm isn't equipped to measure the height of a human.

        August 5, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
      • Ryan

        I'm perfectly qualified to judge. I'll prove it. You're an idi0t.

        August 5, 2013 at 11:39 pm |
      • Edward

        You've been standing in front of that mirror too long Ryan; and your "arguments" are so logical.

        August 5, 2013 at 11:45 pm |
      • johnny _m_mustard

        Like you ?

        August 6, 2013 at 12:48 am |
    • Edward

      Have you run out of racist comments mustard boy?

      August 6, 2013 at 12:58 am | Reply
  88. Hurt them while they fast

    I would increase retaliation against this trouble making groups any time they open their mouth to plan an attack through any communications channel. That would shut them up and thin them down. If they show they don't like it and want to act on it, increase attacks again. Only time operations should cease is when they decide to calm down and stop acting up.

    Who cares if the world calls us the bad guys. It's not like they don't. Someone has to do it. Clean up the strays and force them to make new strays for a while. They will have to either run out of volunteers or people.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm | Reply
  89. Blt

    Al Queda has already stated & proved they will kill Americans at all cost. It follows the only way to defeat them is to apply the same method. Drones and cruise missiles are the safest way for Americans to achieve this. Let them loose.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  90. Dick Gozinyia

    Wonderful!!

    Al Queda is REALLY on their heels, right Obungler.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Reply
    • Maha

      I have yet to see anything other than pure speculation on behalf of the White House. So the leader of Al Qaeda told his right hand man to, "Do something!" So that means we should close all our embassies for 1 week because after that 1 week passes, their urge to "do something" will hopefully have been reduced or eliminated altogether. Just because the leader says to do something why does that automatically mean something is going to be done?

      It just looks like pure stupidity to me. There's nothing fundamentally different about our standing in the world today than there was 2 weeks ago. Nothing has changed, why would our embassies be under any more threat today than they would have been 2 weeks ago??

      August 5, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
      • Dapple

        And if they didn't close the embassies and something just happens to happen and more people end up being killed than there would be if they were to be closed. Would you be singing an entirely different tune to the chord of "why wasn't more done?" They can blow up a building but no one is gonna die if no one is in it.

        August 5, 2013 at 11:51 pm |
    • sparky

      Yeah Dick Gozinyamom, we intercepted intel and stopped the act. Unlike your monkey before 9-11

      idiot

      August 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Reply
      • Dick Gozinyia

        Feel better now, sparky after your name calling?

        August 5, 2013 at 11:36 pm |
  91. Reebok BK Adidas

    Sounds very the same as that nationalist outer the wear company sloganist. Allah Akbar, bring heaven down on the infidel Nike!

    August 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Reply
  92. trollol

    Is that all it takes to make the united states cringe in fear?

    August 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Reply
    • Jeb

      No. It usually takes much less for Republicans.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:21 pm | Reply
  93. erickson55345

    For all the conspiracy theorists tonight: You find it plausible that the NSA / fed'ral gov'ment hatches a big propaganda campaign to to justify spying, but when it came time to actually write the part of the script where they detail the threat, they settle for "Do something?"

    Similar question for those who think we are over-reacting: You think the intelligence apparatus that all day, every day, analyzes threats, monitors talks of jihad and hatred toward the west, goes into full blown defensive mode, working with State to shut down dozens of embassies issue a global travel alert, merely on "Do something?"

    Suggestion for you – if it seems too ridiculous to be true on the surface, maybe it's worth a second thought...

    August 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm | Reply
    • Yon

      Hey crazy person. The Feds already admitted their wrong doing. Now shut up!

      August 5, 2013 at 11:17 pm | Reply
      • erickson55345

        "Now shut up!" ???

        I'm betting you don't manage to win a whole lot of arguments...

        August 5, 2013 at 11:24 pm |
    • Me

      Muslims are PuS**'s

      August 5, 2013 at 11:22 pm | Reply
  94. Jeb

    We got attacked at Benghazi and Republicans have been whining for months.

    We take measures avoid being attacked and Republicans whine some more.

    Ever wonder what Republicans do when they're not whining?

    August 5, 2013 at 11:13 pm | Reply
    • rexreefer

      When Republicans aren't whining... they are working so you can have a subsidized cell phone...paying for your food stamps through their taxes...and keeping the economy rolling why you sit around and believe this and unicorns.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:25 pm | Reply
      • Jeff

        I doubt it, Rex. Repub-voting states are consistently takers, while Dem-voting states consistently fund those takers. And while not a scientific poll, of the people who I know, the more educated, higher tax-bracketed folks who work the longest hours almost invariably associate with progressive views, while the Joe 6-packs who goofed off in school and are home by 5 each evening (if they have a job) tend to cast themselves as "conservatives." They also frequent blogs and gripe an awful lot. The Republican party has become the "woe's me" party.

        August 5, 2013 at 11:44 pm |
    • Tom Duncan

      Yes, we pay your bills. We work so you can collect your disability/unemployment/ welfare/food stamps. Any other questions?

      August 5, 2013 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • Dick Gozinyia

      You cannot connect dots as well as a three year old.
      The only person in jail is the shlep that made the film which Obama and Hilly falsely claimed was responsible.
      Now the CIA and State are intimidating witnesses.
      This is Watergate with four dead bodies.
      Obama, Hilly and Patreus should be on trial.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm | Reply
    • romoreno

      Come on jeb, stop drinking the coolaid....Nothing has been done...No one has paid for this crime and now as it turns out the whole thing was probably an illegal gun running operation by ob, holder, hillery and the whole administration. Doesnt this remind you of fast and furious? Its ok to be lib, just be a smart one. This is about America not party affiliation.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:57 pm | Reply
  95. Dont think so

    Lies, nothing will happen. This is so the Obummer admin can claim their NSA spying crap works. And like someone stated in an earlier comment, No2 and the rest are laughing their asses off.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Reply
  96. JOE B

    This entire scenario is fiction. It's all made up for the American audience for the purpose of making Americans citizens scared of their own shadows. If there was an actual Al Qaeda, they would be going after the politicians in Washington DC, both Democrats and Republicans who are behind the dismantling of the Middle East. As it is Al Qaeda is paid by the US to cause further destabilization of the Middle East. We come in with money from the global bankers and use our heavy hand to tap out their resources. Big corporations make huge profits and the same parties get funding for the next election. It's all corrupt and we keep electing the bad ones behind it all.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  97. Blt

    Send the only thing that scares them. DRONES. Then let them cry about all of the "Innocent" people that were killed on there side.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Reply
  98. Istlota Everyman

    How is this news? Every day of the year, some fundamentalist cleric somewhere is encouraging his congregation to do something to the Great Satan. Every day of the year, Christians and Muslims alike do what they have been doing for generations - bringing the evildoers to justice in the name of God/Allah. Muslims call it jihad. Christians call it the War on Terror. Obama calls it Just War.

    August 5, 2013 at 11:09 pm | Reply
  99. George patton

    Is this another C.I.A. put up job or what? It sure reeks of one! One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to know better than to put anything past the C.I.A.!!!

    August 5, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  100. johnny _m_mustard

    Hey america ! notice what you have problems with, well, al-Zawahiri is a fvucking niqger too !

    August 5, 2013 at 11:07 pm | Reply
    • Jeb

      Just another faithful Faux News watcher and loyal Republican folks.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:11 pm | Reply
    • Major Tom

      It really burns your a s s that we have a black president, doesn't it? Good!!! Let it burn!!! BURN!!! LOL

      August 5, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Reply
      • Dont think so

        It just burns because I have a schmuck of a president like you.

        August 5, 2013 at 11:14 pm |
      • Yon

        He is a liberal troll and you know it. Stupid game. I don't care what half of him is black or white, he is an idiot.

        August 5, 2013 at 11:16 pm |
      • TheBob

        Anyone who thinks Obama is an idiot and Bush was "smart" is just too stupid to live.

        August 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm |
      • Dick Gozinyia

        Worst, most corrupt, incompetent, America-hating, marxist, malignant Narcissist EVER.

        August 5, 2013 at 11:56 pm |
      • romoreno

        Black pres is not the problem. His inability to accomplish anything is the problem. Jobs are at 14%, Gas is at 3.89 per gallon, food is up by 20%, healthcare cost has rocketed, Death panels are being appointed, the Military is dwindled, housing is at an all time low, Joblessness for blacks is at an all time high, Scandels are errupting everywhere, the IRS is becomming a gostapo etc etc etc..Its ok to be liberal just wise up!

        August 6, 2013 at 12:03 am |
    • Jonny Fontain

      Why are you calling him a NiQGer? That's giving him way too much respect.

      August 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm | Reply
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