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article imageOp-Ed: So what happened to the major Al-Qaeda threat?

By Sami Zaatari     Aug 29, 2013 in World
Earlier this month the U.S. government warned that there was an imminent threat of an Al-Qaeda attack against U.S. interests, a threat they warned would last until the end of the August.
U.S. embassies and consulates across the Middle East and North Africa were shut down, U.S. embassy staff in Yemen were evacuated, and U.S. citizens were warned to leave Yemen.
According to U.S. officials, their warning was based on an Al-Qaeda conference call that was intercepted by the NSA. The conference call included the head of Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, as well as leaders of Al-Qaeda affiliates, such as those in Yemen, and Iraq.
Interestingly enough, Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), Al-Qaeda's affiliate in Yemen, recently came out calling the U.S. claims a lie and a fabrication they made up, denying any plans for an imminent large scale attack.
So with that said, we're almost coming to the end of August, and we have to ask the question, what happened to that imminent Al-Qaeda threat? If anything, rather than any major large scale attack by Al-Qaeda coming this month, it's far more likely that the U.S. government will be engaging in a large-scale attack when they strike Syria, which has all the chances of igniting the entire region, and setting the scene for World War III, but that's an issue for another day.
U.S. security officials warned the threat was imminent, yet since then, no Al-Qaeda arrests have been made, and no plot targeting major U.S. interests, such as its embassies and consulates, have been foiled or averted. Surely if there was a major and real threat, the U.S. would've been able to track the suspects by now, or give out details about the supposed planned attack, yet at the moment the entire saga has been forgotten like it never happened.
Or perhaps we're supposed to believe that once the U.S. raised it's alert status, the Al-Qaeda operatives went into hiding and put their attack plans on delay, but surely if the U.S. had strong intelligence, which is what they wanted us to believe, they would have known who the attackers were, and would've been able to have captured some of them by now.
None of that's the case as of yet, no arrests have been made, and no plot has been revealed.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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