September 5, 2013 3:19 PM

Yemen al Qaida group appears to think globally, act locally

In the words of Yemeni President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, it was a plot that aimed to change history. Intercepted communications appeared to indicate an impending terrorist operation of mammoth proportions. European nations shuttered their embassies; the U.S. and the United Kingdom airlifted staff from the Yemeni capital. The apparent plot seemed a manifestation of the U.S. government’s greatest fears regarding al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which former CIA director David Petraeus once dubbed the “most dangerous node in the global jihad.”

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