Al Qaeda leaders' talks 'sparked US embassy closures'

Intercepted communications in which al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri ordered the leader of the affiliate in Yemen to carry out an attack as early as last Sunday prompted the United States to close embassies.

Al Qaeda leaders' talks 'sparked US embassy closures'

World Bulletin / News Desk

Intercepted communications in which al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri ordered the leader of the affiliate in Yemen to carry out an attack as early as last Sunday prompted the United States to close diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa, the New YorkTimes reported on Monday.

The intercepted conversations were between Zawahri, who succeeded Osama bin Laden as head of al Qaeda, and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the head of the Yemen-based al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the newspaper said, citing American officials.

The Times said it had initially withheld the identities of the al Qaeda leaders at the request of senior U.S. intelligence officials, but reported them after the names were disclosed Sunday by McClatchy Newspapers.

Britain’s Guardian newspaper has revealed that the US National Security Agency continues to indiscriminately collect Americans’ phone records. The practice of broadly surveilling American phone records began shortly after September 11, 2001 under the George W. Bush administration. 

Last Mod: 06 Ağustos 2013, 12:11
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