Mike Rogers: Secret al-Qaida Meeting Leaves US in Dark

It gets ever messier in this Zoo.



Newsmax
By Greg Richter
15 April 2014

Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN on Tuesday that members of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula [AQAP] have changed their communications methods following leaks last year about intelligence collection in Yemen.

Video of a recent meeting of 100 al-Qaida members in Yemen, including some of its top leaders, is raising questions about whether the United States was unaware of the outdoor event and therefore unable to strike it with a drone attack.

AQAP is now are more reliant on couriers, much like former al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden used while hiding from U.S. intelligence for more than a decade.

Nasir al-Wuhayshi, the No. 2 leader of al-Qaida worldwide and the head of AQAP, was at the meeting, according to the video posted on jihadist websites. AQAP is considered the most dangerous wing of al-Qaida.

Al-Wuhayshi is seen in the video appearing to make direct threats at the United States.

"We must eliminate the cross. The bearer of the cross is America," al-Wuhayshi says in a translation of his speech.

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