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Threat Matrix: 2010
Freerepublic.com ^ | 12/31/2009 | Freeper TMers

Posted on 12/31/2009 10:06:46 AM PST by Velveeta

:::FreeRepublic's Threat Matrix:::
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Al Qaeda’s Yemen Connection, America and the Global Islamic Jihad

December 30, 2009 — The attempt to destroy Northwest Airlines flight 253 en route from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day underscores the growing ambition of al Qaeda's Yemen franchise, which has grown from a largely Yemeni agenda to become a player in the global Islamic jihad in the last year. Since merging with the al Qaeda franchise in Saudi Arabia last January and renaming itself Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), it has stepped up operations in Yemen itself, struck into Saudi Arabia, and now operates on the global stage. The weak Yemeni government of President Ali Abdallah Salih, which has never fully controlled the country and now faces a host of growing problems, will need significant American support to defeat AQAP.

Al Qaeda has long been active in Yemen, the original homeland of Osama bin Laden's family, and one of its first major terror attacks was conducted in Aden in 2000, when an al Qaeda cell nearly sank the USS Cole. A year ago, the al Qaeda franchises in Saudi Arabia and Yemen merged after the Saudi branch had been effectively repressed by the Saudi authorities under the leadership of Deputy Interior Minister Prince Muhammad bin Nayif. The new AQAP showed its claws last August, when it almost assassinated the prince with a suicide bomber who had passed through at least two airports on the way to his attempt on Nayif.

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The attack on the Amsterdam-Detroit flight also shows that al Qaeda remains obsessed with striking the American airline industry, a target it has gone after repeatedly since 1999. If AQAP has now been told by the al Qaeda core leadership to take on the job, we can probably assume that other al Qaeda franchises in North Africa, Iraq, Southeast Asia and elsewhere have also been pressed to attack.

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Welcome to Threat Matrix 2010.

Thank you to Jim Robinson and Freerepublic for this wonderful site.

Thanks to all posters for their contributions over the years.

Lurkers, take the plunge and post 'em if you've got 'em.

Wishing you all a safe, healthy, happy and prosperous year.

Please let me know if you'd like on or off the ping list.

1 posted on 12/31/2009 10:06:47 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: nwctwx; Cindy; Godzilla; nw_arizona_granny; callmejoe; Oorang; StillProud2BeFree; Calpernia; ...

Threat Matrix 2010

PING!

Happy New Year.


2 posted on 12/31/2009 10:07:45 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

Bigtime bookmark.


3 posted on 12/31/2009 10:11:55 AM PST by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: LucyT; FARS; potlatch; BP2

new page, new attitude! let’s git em.


4 posted on 12/31/2009 10:12:17 AM PST by bitt (You can’t make a weak man strong by making a strong man weak (Abraham Lincoln))
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To: Velveeta

Please add me. Thanks.


5 posted on 12/31/2009 10:14:39 AM PST by COUNTrecount (Barry...above his poi grade.)
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To: WestCoastGal; All

If you have time, please bring over your posts from TM 2009 that you posted today, recently - or would just like to draw attention to.


6 posted on 12/31/2009 10:17:18 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: COUNTrecount

Done.
Welcome to TM.


7 posted on 12/31/2009 10:18:42 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: Velveeta

Thanks Velveeta!


8 posted on 12/31/2009 10:19:28 AM PST by LayoutGuru2 (0BAMAC0RN)
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To: Velveeta

Thanks for the ping Vel - and for renewing the thread :)

How many are we at now? - It’s been 7+ years for TM - a lot of hard work by many to search and find information and credible threats. Thanks to all.

There will never be an end to the threats to our country - not at least and until we get a President who is determined to not take any cr@p from our enemies. Even then, I fear it will never be enough. I know “W” did all he could and we were a bit more safe for awhile.


9 posted on 12/31/2009 10:19:48 AM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: Velveeta

A Happy New Year to you as well!


10 posted on 12/31/2009 10:20:18 AM PST by JDoutrider
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To: LayoutGuru2

You’re welcome.
Happy New Year!


11 posted on 12/31/2009 10:20:55 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: WestCoastGal

This is Thread #69 - can you believe it?

Threat Matrix since November 3, 2003.

It’s been a long time!


12 posted on 12/31/2009 10:22:28 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: JDoutrider

Thank you!


13 posted on 12/31/2009 10:23:10 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: Velveeta

On board and locked and loaded.


14 posted on 12/31/2009 10:27:55 AM PST by Godzilla (3-7-77)
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To: nwctwx

Apologies to Ian for my butchering of your lovely html work. ;-)

Hope you are well.


15 posted on 12/31/2009 10:28:26 AM PST by Velveeta (Happy, Happy New Year!)
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To: Velveeta

Please ping me-I didn’t know this thread existed!

What’s the 411 on it Velveeta? Is it to monitor/report USA threats?

Thanx...SZQ


16 posted on 12/31/2009 10:29:54 AM PST by homegroan (ZQczar...happily addicted to the Refresh Button.....)
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To: Velveeta

Thanks, Vel........lookin’good.


17 posted on 12/31/2009 10:36:58 AM PST by Rushmore Rocks (Dollar a Day Member..............Free Republic is not Free!)
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To: Velveeta

I just checked the very first TM thread and there were 712 posts the very first day. WOW


18 posted on 12/31/2009 10:37:19 AM PST by WestCoastGal
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To: Velveeta

Happy New Year to you too Vel. And thanks for the ping!


19 posted on 12/31/2009 10:37:28 AM PST by jersey117
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To: hennie pennie; All
*bookmark*

AND a big thank you to all posters who have remained active all these years on the Free Republic Threat Matrix messagethread, and wishing you & yours a prosperous & safe New Years!

Kind regards,
HP

20 posted on 12/31/2009 10:42:13 AM PST by hennie pennie
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