US May Shift Counterterrorism Efforts to Yemen

Thursday, August 26, 2010

The US may expand counterterrorism efforts in Yemen, to address a growing threat from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. The CIA now believes that al-Qaida's affiliate in Yemen may be more dangerous to U.S. interests than the much higher-profile group in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In the aftermath of the Fort Hood shooting, the attempted Christmas Day bombing, and with names like Anwar Al-Awlaki becoming part of the everyday conversation on terrorism, more and more voices are beginning to feel that the branch of terrorists operating from Yemen, known as al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, represents the largest terrorist threat to American interests and security. 

Gregory Johnsen is a Yemen expert at Princeton. Johnson tells us "This doesn't necessarily come as a surprise. We've overlooked this group for too long." Robert Worth also joins us; Worth has been covering Yemen as the Beirut bureau chief for The New York Times, and has been reporting part of a series called "The Shadow War."


Gregory Johnsen and Robert Worth

Produced by:

Noel King

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