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Breaking news from a rare intelligence briefing on Al qaeda's most active and lethal splinter group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
The CIA releasing new info after an operation to disrupt -- bomb plot originating in Yemen.
Chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge has that live from Washington Catherine.
But thank you -- good morning US officials familiar with the situation in Yemen tell Fox News that there are hundreds of hardcore fighters in Yemen.
Concentrated in the south and east where the group is working to expand to -- haven the threat to the United States is described as consistent.
And persistent quote.
We work on the assumption that HUAP al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is coming after America every day.
These are extremists who joined a violent death -- their goal is to martyr themselves.
US officials say al-Qaeda has been able to leverage -- of spring has been able to make significant gains since march of 2011.
With a significant presence now in six provinces centered around on -- on in the south in recent weeks the many military we were told has been able to bring the group's expansion to a temporary halt.
US officials also say the Saudi regime Ellis Siri is the top -- technician in that country.
He's actively training replacement so that if he is taken out.
There's not a single point of failure in the organization.
Fox News was told that the last four significant plots.
Including the two targeting the US airlines and cargo industry -- developed in the -- safe -- are really they're two takeaways today earlier today we heard from the head of the TSA John pistol who testified.
On Capitol Hill that the -- -- the single greatest threat to the US airline industry remains he's non metallic explosives.
These are the types of explosives that were protected by the group in Yemen.
And second when you simply look at the numbers but US officials -- today is that Yemen is clearly on the ascent.
And what we see of al-Qaeda core that remains in Pakistan it's clearly on a downward spiral especially with the death of its number two entrants like this week on.
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