In Wake of Mail Bombs Targeting U.S. Synagogues, Renewed Focus on Al Qaeda in Yemen

New York, NY, November 5, 2010 … As authorities in the United States and Europe attempt to identify the source of two powerful bombs mailed in packages addressed to Jewish institutions in Chicago, there has been a renewed focus on Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, a Yemini-based offshoot of Osama Bin Laden's terrorist group that federal authorities have identified as the prime suspect.

The Anti-Defamation League's Center on Extremism, which monitors the activities of terrorist groups and their supporters, has published resources focusing on the group's virulently anti-American and anti-Jewish ideology and its propaganda efforts intended to incite Western audiences.

"While these bombs were intercepted and tragedy averted, this incident makes clear that Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is still active, resourceful and dangerous," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "Clearly, they are looking for weaknesses in the free-flow of commerce and the commercial infrastructure in which to penetrate the United States and carry out a terrorist attack."

ADL has issued the following reports and profiles on AQAP, its anti-Jewish messages and its efforts to reach Americans with its propaganda:

In these and other online reports, the League documents Al Qaeda's efforts to indoctrinate and encourage its online followers, including Americans, and to test the vulnerabilities of U.S. security through its propaganda and encouragement.

ADL has analyzed the emerging terror threat to the U.S. from Yemen and has reported on the group's avowed hatred of the United States and its expressed desire to carry out attacks in major U.S. cities.

ADL is the world’s leading anti-hate organization. Founded in 1913 in response to an escalating climate of anti-Semitism and bigotry, its timeless mission is to protect the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment for all. Today, ADL continues to fight all forms of hate with the same vigor and passion. A global leader in exposing extremism, delivering anti-bias education, and fighting hate online, ADL is the first call when acts of anti-Semitism occur. ADL’s ultimate goal is a world in which no group or individual suffers from bias, discrimination or hate.

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