In a chilling report, the U.K.’s Telegraph tells us U.S. officials have warned that al Qaeda has trained female suicide bombers to attack Western targets. And that terror experts within the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre, a unit of MI5, now believe that an attack against the UK is “highly likely.”
It now seems that as far as anti-terrorist agencies are concerned, all eyes are on Yemen. An official in the United States told ABC News that at least two of the female suicide bombers are believed to be connected to al-Qaeda in Yemen, and may have a non-Arab appearance and be traveling on Western passports. They are so-called “clean skins,” which means people who are unknown to Western security agencies, people who do not look like al Qaeda terrorists, people who may not be Arabs and who may not be men.
The alert comes during a period in which at least six people on the no-fly list were denied boarding airplanes in a 48-hour period between this past Saturday and Monday, according to ABC News. The attempts were made in London, Nairobi, Saint Maarten, Minneapolis and Fort Lauderdale.
Yemen is under increasing international pressure to prove it’s making progress in its battle against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. This affiliate of the al Qaeda terror network claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight on Dec. 25. The group has also claimed credit for an assassination attempt in August against a member of the Saudi royal family. Local al Qaeda elements were also blamed for an attack on the U.S. Embassy in San’a in 2008.
Canadian authorities are believed to be investigating any Canadians who have traveled to Yemen recently.
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