Yemen packages may signal Al Qaeda franchise is 'amateurish'
The Yemen packages found on UPS and FedEx flights yesterday came shortly after Al Qaeda in Yemen published a jihadist magazine emphasizing the importance of targeting Americans.
Yemen's reported association with suspicious packages found aboard US-bound cargo planes has once again thrust Yemen into the spotlight as a major battleground in Washington's war against Al Qaeda and its allies.
The Yemeni government issued a statement yesterday imploring the west “not to rush to judgments in such a sensitive issue that is unfolding before the results of investigations show the truth.”
However, the style of attack, sending hard-to-detect explosives, whether using people or packages as couriers, has been a trademark of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in the organization’s large-scale operations such as the so-called underwear bomber on Christmas Day last year.
"The plot style carries features similar to previous attacks carried out by terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda,” said a statement from the official Emirati news agency released today.