CNN: US tries to ID hundreds of al Qaeda contacts thanks to Yemen raid
Washington (CNN)Several US officials told CNN Thursday that the US is now taking action to locate and monitor hundreds of people or "contacts" found as part the intelligence retrieved during the deadly raid last month in Yemen targeting al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Some of these people are believed to be in the West, but not in the United States.
The government is taking action to find and monitor these AQAP-linked individuals because of the threat they may pose to Europe, the officials added.
The fact that officials said they are actively pursuing leads uncovered from the raid indicates that the intelligence was indeed actionable despite some media reports to the contrary.
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WNU Editor: I guess this explains why this happened today .... U.S. Launches 20 Airstrikes Against Al Qaeda In Yemen Overnight.
Update: One can also speculate that last months Yemen raid has now raised these concerns .... Terror Threat to U.S. Airports Said to Grow as al-Qaeda Rebounds (Bloomberg).