The Yemen bomb plot has brought fresh scrutiny to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, of which Islamic cleric Anwar al-Awlaki is thought to be a key leader. Mr. Awlaki has not been officially linked to this latest attack, although Yemen – under international pressure to rein in AQAP – put him on trial in absentia today for plotting to kill foreigners. Mr. Awlaki, a Yemeni-American fluent in English who has been on the radar of US intelligence and military for several years, has a track record of promoting attacks against US targets. Here are some of the incidents to which he has been linked:
The mother of Jose Pimentel spoke to reporters outside her upper Manhattan home the day after her son was arraigned in state court on terrorism-related charges.
Bomb plot: New York may have been saved from a series of terrorist attacks after police aprehended a man suspected of planning bombings throughout the city but the FBI felt the suspect lacked the mental capacity or ability to have carried out the bomb plot.
Intensified chatter on jihadist websites led the US to move to protect against a possible terrorist attack, likely focused on New York and the nation's capital, to coincide with the 9/11 anniversary.
A TV journalist tracks the ‘next wave’ of terrorists – the home-grown variety.
While these groups have links with Al Qaeda, the bigger danger to the US is their ability to trigger a major crisis for nuclear-armed Pakistan, including a war with India.
Homeland security budget dollars are critical to protecting large US metropolitan areas, like New York City. The proposed fiscal year 2012 federal budget for homeland security would see significant dollars headed to the Big Apple.
Since 9/11, the number of Muslim-American terrorism suspects and perpetrators has averaged about 16 a year. Last year was slightly higher, but way down from 2009.