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CIA Foils Underwear Bomb Plot (May 2012)«»The Plan: Using an upgraded version of an underwear bomb, members of Al-Qaida in Yemen purportedly wanted to bring down a commercial airliner bound for the U.S. The plan, which was still in the early stages, was to set off the device and blow up a plane around the anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death.
How It Was Thwarted: The latest underwear bomb plot was disrupted when a CIA informant, posing as an Al-Qaida suicide bomber, got the device and promptly delivered it to U.S. authorities. Amazingly, the CIA informant was able to infiltrate Al-Qaida in Yemen, pose successfully as a suicide bomber and totally thwart the deadly plot by taking the bomb directly to intelligence authorities.
The Outcome: No information was being released about the CIA informant's identity (for security reasons, obviously). The FBI was said to be studying the device, in hopes that it will allow for greater bomb-detection security measures in the future. The whereabouts of the man suspected of building the device, Al-Qaida's so-called "master bomb maker," Ibrahim Hassan al-Asiri, were unknown.1 of 8
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