U.S. launches airstrike in Yemen as new details surface about bomb plot
Greg Miller and Karen DeYoungThe United States launched airstrikes in Yemen on Thursday that killed as many as seven militants, the second American missile attack in the country since the CIA and other spy agencies disrupted an al-Qaeda airline bomb plot, U.S. officials said.
The strike came as new details surfaced about the foiling of the plot, including the disclosure that the operative who posed as a willing suicide bomber and later turned the device over to authorities was a British citizen, according to Western officials.
U.S. and Yemeni officials say the would-be bomber at the heart of an al-Qaida bomb plot was actually an informant. He was working for the CIA and Saudi Arabian intelligence when he was given the bomb.
The operative’s background as a Saudi with a British passport helps to explain why he may have been selected by al-Qaeda’s affiliate in Yemen to smuggle an advanced explosive onto a U.S.-bound flight. In reality, officials said, the operative was working as part of an elaborate espionage mission directed by the CIA and its Saudi counterpart.
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"U.S. launches airstrike in Yemen as new details surface about bomb plot", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2012. Consulté le 22/09/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/u-s-launches-airstrike-in-yemen-as-new-details-surface-about-bomb-plot