Amanpour CNN: The Story Behind the Bomb Plots
CNN - Amanpour
May 8, 2012
By: Lucky Gold
As dangerous as you can get
An al Qaeda plot, hatched in Yemen, to blow up a commercial aircraft over United States air space was exposed by the CIA, but many questions remain unanswered.
Ali Soufan, former FBI counter terrorist agent and leading expert on al Qaeda in Yemen, appeared exclusively on Amanpour Tuesday. His unique insights help provide the story behind the story.
It begins with Fahd al-Quso, a Yemeni national and top leader of al Qaeda in the Arabian Penninsula, a man with a five million dollar price tag on his head.
"We first identified Fahd al-Quoso," said Soufan, "as being a member of the (al Qaeda) cell that conducted the USS Cole attack (in 2000). We were able to arrest him and interrogate him and he provided a significant amount of intelligence about his connections to al Qaeda, about al Qaeda's role in the USS Cole bombing and t he murder of seventeen sailors…and also about his relationship to Osama bin Laden."
Soufan added, "He also provided us some information about a meeting…that was a planning summit for the 9-11 attack. So he is as dangerous as you can get."
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