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Terrorism / Al Qaeda Plot #1022282

NBC Evening News for Monday, May 07, 2012
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(Studio: Brian Williams)

(Washington: Pete Williams) The CIA's disruption of an Al Qaeda plot to detonate a suicide bomb on an airplane reviewed; details given about the bomb that was an updated version of the underwear bomb and was likely made by Ibrahim al-Asiri. [Secretary of Defense Leon PANETTA – says this country has to remain vigilant.] [NBC terrorism analyst Roger CRESSEY†- says this demonstrates Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula {AQAP}’s priority on aviation security.] The status of 2009 underwear bomber Umar Abdulmutallab and the killing of Al Qaeda operative Fahd al-Quso†† in an airstrike noted.

(Studio: Brian Williams) Discussion held with NBC national security analyst Michael Leiter† about the plot. [From Washington, LEITER – says Al Qaeda in Yemen/Arabian Peninsula remains a potent threat; says Al Qaeda is seeking to exploit our weaknesses and they will learn from this disruption and will change their means; predicts the impact on airport security.]

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