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.

The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Today it is the world’s leading organization combating anti-Semitism, exposing hate groups, training law enforcement on hate crimes, developing anti-bias education programs for students, countering cyber-hate and relentlessly pursuing equal rights for all.

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