On the Record

Global al Qaeda and the Christmas Terrorist

Bruce Riedel says that the nation and the president dodged a bullet when the terrorist attack on Northwest Flight 253 failed Christmas Day. The incident has highlighted flaws in our national security structure and demonstrated the increasingly global nature of al Qaeda as a terrorist organization. Despite the new focus on Yemen as a breeding ground for terror, Riedel says Osama bin Laden should remain the target of anti-terrorism efforts.

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