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New threats 1 year after bin Laden’s death

Rappler.com

Officials said Monday they were on high alert for possible terror attacks for the 1 year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.  This time, a metal-less bomb may be hidden inside the terrorist’s abdominal cavity.  US and European authorities have been warning that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), its Yemeni affiliate, has been designing body bombs with no metal parts which may be surgically implanted.  Al-Qaeda expert Rohan Gunaratna tells Rappler that although Al-Qaeda has been degraded, it is quickly evolving and relying on affiliates like AQAP and regional conflicts to spread its virulent ideology.  He warns the US pullout from Afghanistan next year may strengthen Al-Qaeda’s resurgence by giving  it a familiar safe haven.

 

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