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And also say a second American tied to al-Qaeda Samir -- this man was killed along with -- lucky in that strike.
Our national correspondent Catherine Herridge was on assignment in Idaho when this huge story broke she is live for us now from Idaho Falls we have pressed her in the service -- what do we know about the strike.
Well thank you John good morning we -- confirmation through the morning from -- many officials.
And -- US officials on the intelligence side and also the defense side that in fact there was this strike about sixty miles -- the -- -- capital of some not.
There was a convoy at least two to live trucks.
One of them contained in our -- lucky the first American on the CIA's kill or capture list as well the second American not as much a household name.
The -- content North Carolina who was really the the the spearhead of the inspire magazine this was an online magazine.
That was specifically designed to target English speaking recruits for the al-Qaeda affiliate in Yemen -- what's important this morning according to one -- my Yemeni contact.
Is that they had identified a Lockheed in a compound and had been tracking him for some time I was told.
Before the -- was launched in this strike is really a mere image of the bin Laden strike led by the CIA with military forces back up but there of course was no raid on the ground in this case John.
What does it mean I mean what's the big picture for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula now that the leaders don't.
Both former senior US intelligence official who's been tracking Al lucky for the better part of the decade.
Told me this morning that while a lock key is important is especially here in the United States.
Because he was trying to speak to western recruits.
The real foundation of the operation.
Rests with two individuals one goes by the name of Nasr always he she was he she was a long time aide to Osama bin Laden he had been held by the Yemeni.
In prison until 2006.
And went in -- at that got that kind pardon me his gates.
And the second person is not a husband -- but it's.
And he's described by US officials as probably the best bomb maker working today it was -- theory who really perfected these non metallic explosives.
That have been able to circumvent traditional airline security and it was -- theory who was -- underwear bomb or crotch bomber Christmas Day in 2009.
That was able to get a -- airport security and nearly blow up that plane over Detroit he was also behind the cargo printer bombs in October of last year.
Same type of non metallic explosive that was stuffed into those toner cartridges.
As you called those bonds were meant to go off over the eastern seaboard of the united -- So while getting rid of AMR all of lock key and also the American -- -- Is incredibly important with this official said to me is that the foundation where the bedrock of al-Qaeda in Yemen.
Still rests with -- long time been -- -- as well the Saudi bomb maker John.
As we are hearing you Catherine we are watching the president and vice president who are both.
At the change of office ceremony.
Saying good -- to.
The outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
We are going to be hearing some remarks from the president in just a couple of minutes and we expect he will say something.
About this all ought to Al a lot -- strike what does it mean though for the US here at home what are the experts telling you.
Well our specials unit here at fox has really been tracking and -- Lockheed for nearly two years since the shooting at Fort Hood.
Where there was this email relationship between the accused shooter major Nadal has gone and the cleric in Yemen.
A -- he was really the leader of what I call al-Qaeda 2.0 or this new generation of American recruits who joined the network after 9/11.
And he was a digital jihadist who was able to and that really leverage social networking to spread that ideology of hate I -- say.
That he was the FaceBook friend from -- and unfortunately extremely successful with western recruits and already this morning.
We've had a warming warning rather from the chairman of the house homeland security committee Peter King.
Who believes that a -- death may become a rallying point for people who follow him here in the United States and they we couldn't -- What the congressman told fox radio's quote it's a great victory for the US in the long run.
In the short term though we have to realize he had a strong following in this country so we have to be very much on guard.
As far as the revenge killing and just for some context we've had testimony recently from the FBI director on Capitol Hill.
And he expressed a lot of frustration that they were trying to take -- English English language recruiting magazine inspire -- -- like the Martha Stewart Living.
For would be -- off the web.
But they were unable to eradicated one of the promise with a locking his followers.
Is once they get that message on the web is virtually impossible to to wipe clean if you will John.
-- kind of lives on forever and the possibilities of -- back are certainly well noted Catherine -- there in Idaho.
Doing some great reporting course thanks.
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