So, the story behind the story is out. Saudi intelligence agencies played a vital role in tracking the Yemeni terrorist who wanted to target an airliner of the United States. He was a double agent and volunteered himself to carry out the bombing. The suspected terrorist was later killed in a drone strike after the explosive device was seized from him.
It is heartening to see that Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of the United States is working closely with intelligence agencies of other countries to locate and target potential terrorists. So far, the CIA has been successful in thwarting designs of terrorists and blocking their entry to the US for their missions. Since the US invaded Afghanistan in October 2001, terrorists linked to al-Qaeda and other militant outfits have been on the run and the US is all committed to eliminating them from face of the earth.
As threats keep coming from the soil of Yemen, we hope the intelligence agencies would continue to focus on terrorist breeding grounds within the country. After Pakistan, Yemen appears to be another safe haven of al-Qaeda-linked terrorists. A number of media reports suggest that al-Qaeda linked terrorists have established their safe havens and training camps in Yemen. Presidentrecently approved a drone policy for the country, as his administration believes that potential terrorists can be eliminated through drone strikes. Also, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been busy lately in creating a network of informants in the volatile country so that drone strikes could be more accurate and precise.
After the attack was foiled, US officials said the attack was planned to be carried out just like the one in December 2009, when a Yemeni youth tried to blast an airplane with a bomb in his underwear but he was caught before he could complete his mission. The officials also said the seized bomb was an upgraded version of the earlier seized underwear bomb.
The latest device is said to be metal free and could only be checked through scanners for body search. The officials have briefed President Barack Obama, who has ordered them to beef up security further to avert any untoward incident in the country.
For the last couple of years, militants linked to al-Qaeda have tried either to enter into the United States to carry out a terrorist activity or target US civil and military installations based in different countries. Since 9/11, the US has proved to be the most pro-active country in the world to avert terror acts either by arresting terrorists or eliminating them.
The CIA and other intelligence agencies working against terrorists should also try to eliminate training camps so that a permanent peace could be achieved in the long run.