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Good evening I'm -- -- we are learning more tonight about just how the US and its allies.
We're able to stop terrorists from blowing up a commercial airliner with a sophisticated new bomb.
Chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge has our update.
Fox News has learned that al-Qaeda cell was infiltrated in this Clinton the seizure of the device similar to the underwear bomb worn by Nigerian -- -- -- -- The targeted flight 253 on Christmas Day in 2009.
At least three countries are involved in this ongoing intelligence operation and there is reason to believe more bonds may be out there -- The drone strikes Sunday in Yemen that targeted al-Qaeda operative thought -- -- who met with do we Tulloch is part of the ongoing operation focused on a -- al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
For instance the the killing of the they QAP leader of the weekend that was tied -- this operation so this is more than just one person one bomb.
This is a a larger scale operation.
The device now being analyzed by the FBI lab in Quantico Virginia is a gold mine of information.
Investigators are assessing whether the bomb maker -- Green Ellis -- has overcome the technical problems.
That led the first underwear -- it's detonator to -- in 2009.
-- Middle -- intelligence source tells fox that there is reason to believe the bomb makers actively training apprentices because the al-Qaeda network knows he is a tier one target.
Without going into the specifics so you know we have to assume -- What we have seen of al-Qaeda in the past.
Then they do train others to take up where they leave off because that may have seen the succession.
Of their top leadership.
Attacked successfully taken off the battlefield for good.
While the White House confirms the president knew in early April the Homeland Security secretary insists the device was not connected to events marking one year since the seal -- The statement was that there was no specific credible plot tied to the anniversary.
-- -- death.
And that was and is an accurate statement.
On Capitol Hill there are suggestions that homeland security and the FBI were undercut.
Because on the eve of the anniversary they issued a bulletin saying there was no credible plot -- the administration knew a device had been picked up.
It does not make sense to me that that -- attempt was put out if in -- the president has been aware of this putt.
Since last month.
So there does appear to be an inconsistency.
-- -- But perhaps it's a good reason -- at.
And they today the chair and ranking member of the Senate Intelligence Committee said the leak about the CIA operation is regarded as very serious.
At least one congressman is publicly calling for -- investigation.
So that will continue for some time well I got the FBI directors on the hill tomorrow thank.
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