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Yemen has been high on the Central Intelligence Agency's radar before they they disrupted the most recent suicide plot there, set to sneak explosives through security and onboard an airplane by concealing a non-metalic device in a suicide bomber's underwear. This technology far more advanced than the intelligence community previously thought of al-Qaida's abilities.
In letters from his last hideout, Osama bin Laden worried about dysfunction in his terrorist network and crumbling trust from Muslims he wished to incite against their government and the West.
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The Navy SEAL Team 6 successful raid on bin Laden's compound in Pakistan on May 1, 2011 signaled an end to the reign of the man who masterminded the September 11 attacks, and it formalized a growing transition in national security threats: The U.S. no longer faces a single enemy group in al Qaida, but rather now must contend with a global network for semi-autonomous and separate terrorist cells.
As the nation marks the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death, travelers should expect an increased security presence on planes and trains.
There is widespread agreement that al-Qaida's reign is over. It's just a matter of time before the remaining leaders and fighters are killed, captured or give up.