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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 alZawahiri, who is believed to be in Pakistan. The message was sent to Nasir alWuhayshi, the leader of alQaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the terror groups Yemeni affiliate. intelligence believes alWuhayshi has recently been appointed the overall terror organizations No. 2 leader. 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. 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 alQaida 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 alQaida figures.
A senior official with Iraqs interior ministry told CNN on condition of not being identified that top officials of alQaida in Iraq, including Adnan Ismail Najim Abdullah alDulaimi, 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 alQaida in the Arabian Peninsula are in the final stages of planning for an unspecified attack.Grainfree #Peanut #Butter #Chocolate #Chip #Cookie #Dough #Bites # #Recipe