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Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts

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Source: The Daily Beast:

The intercept provided the U.S. intelligence community with a rare glimpse into how al Qaeda’s leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, manages a global organization that includes affiliates in Africa, the Middle East, and southwest and southeast Asia.

Several news outlets reported Monday on an intercepted communication last week between Zawahiri and Nasser al-Wuhayshi, the leader of al Qaeda’s affiliate based in Yemen. But The Daily Beast has learned that the discussion between the two al Qaeda leaders happened in a conference call that included the leaders or representatives of the top leadership of al Qaeda and its affiliates calling in from different locations, according to three U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence. All told, said one U.S. intelligence official, more than 20 al Qaeda operatives were on the call.

To be sure, the CIA had been tracking the threat posed by Wuhayshi for months. An earlier communication between Zawahiri and Wuhayshi delivered through a courier was picked up last month, according to three U.S. intelligence officials. But the conference call provided a new sense of urgency for the U.S. government, the sources said.


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2 Responses to Al Qaeda Conference Call Intercepted by U.S. Officials Sparked Alerts

  1. Rafiq A. Tschannen

    August 9, 2013 at 9:41 am

    Usama bin Laden did not have a mobile phone nor an internet connection in Abbottabad, because he knew these could be tracked. Now are we to believe that his successors are so careless to ‘make a conference call’ to arrange ‘top hits’. … ???

  2. Zubair Khan

    August 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    Blessings and disguise. Might be clue can lead to destruction of all the culprits.

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