May 08, 2012
Update on Underwear Bomb Plot & Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso (Related)
Apparently the "underwear" bomb plot was "thwarted" because it involved a Saudi double agent. He/she infiltrated al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (aka AQAP) and agreed to become a suicide bomber. He/she left Yemen for Saudi Arabia for the "planned suicide mission". When landing in Saudi Arabia the double agent contacted both Saudis and CIA agents.
The double agent had the "new and improved" underwear bomb plus coordinates of where, in Yemen, was one of America's most wanted for the USS Cole bombing, Fahd al-Quso. He was droned Sunday.
WASHINGTON — The suicide bomber dispatched by the Yemen branch of Al Qaeda last month to blow up a United States-bound airliner was actually an intelligence agent for Saudi Arabia who infiltrated the terrorist group and volunteered for the mission, American and foreign officials said Tuesday.Awesome...
In an extraordinary intelligence coup, the double agent left Yemen last month, traveling by way of the United Arab Emirates, and delivered both the innovative bomb designed for his aviation attack and inside information on the group’s leaders, locations, methods and plans to the Central Intelligence Agency, Saudi intelligence and allied foreign intelligence agencies[...]
After spending weeks at the center of Al Qaeda’s most dangerous affiliate, the intelligence agent provided critical information that permitted the C.I.A. to direct the drone strike on Sunday that killed Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso, the group’s external operations director and a suspect in the bombing of the U.S.S. Cole, an American destroyer, in Yemen in 2000. [More..]