We are now working on combing caves for Al Qaida
militants who may be hiding there.
The charges - conspiracy to kill Americans, conspiring to provide support to al-Qaida and providing support to al Qaida
- carry a potential penalty of life in prison.
A US intelligence official and a Mideast diplomat said the embassy closures were triggered by the interception of a secret message between al Qaida
chief Ayman al-Zawahri and Nasser al-Wahishi, the leader of the Yemen-based al Qaida
in the Arabian Peninsula, about plans for a major attack.
But US intelligence officials have said that some al Qaida
members find al-Zawahri to be a controlling micromanager who lacks bin Laden's populist appeal.
The Western-trained Special Forces troops were deployed this week in the eastern areas of the country where at least 400 Al Qaida
operatives are hiding and trying to incite the most conservative tribes there against America and the "agent and traitor" Yemeni government, who launch a "Crusade war" against them.
They are said to have assumed that these were Al Qaida
The CIA first used the remotely piloted craft as a strike plane in November 2002 against six alleged al Qaida
members travelling in a vehicle in Yemen.
The reference, in a major speech at the Naval War College that referred to al Qaida
at least 27 times, seemed calculated to use lingering outrage over the terrorist attacks of Sept.
It fits into the general pattern of al Qaida
attacks after 9/11,''he said.
Matters came to a crunch on May 21, when it was reported that the US had broken off the talks it was holding in Geneva with Iran because the country was harbouring the Al Qaida
leaders who planned the attacks on the Western housing compounds in Saudi Arabia.
It is estimated that between 300 and 1,000 al Qaida
fighters are trapped in two parallel valleys near Tora Bora, and a tribal fighter said 300 al Qaida
were ready to surrender.
He was not yet a member of al Qaida
, but our intelligence community reports that he had longstanding relations with senior al Qaida
leaders, that he had met with Osama bin Laden and his chief deputy, Zawahiri.
Al Mukalla: Hundreds of UAE-backed Yemeni troops have pushed into a long and rugged valley west of Al Mukalla city, the capital of the Hadramout region, which has long been a sanctuary for Al Qaida
Based on the documents, American counterterrorism experts learnt Al Qaida
was facing trouble to replace most of its skilled and experienced commanders who were killed in US operations.
This followed a threat by Al Qaida
to launch a new phase of violence.