"The forces that were sent to expel Al Qaida
from the four districts would stay there as to prevent Al Qaida
from returning," he said.
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.
The first and most obvious point is that children aged 11 have so far not been used by al Qaida
for terrorist acts anywhere in the world.
In January 2006, Ayman al-Zawahiri, al Qaida
's second-in-command, was the target of a missiles allegedly fired from a CIA Predator drone near Pakistan's border with Afghanistan.
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.
Al Mukalla: Coastal areas of Yemen's province of Hadramout and neighbouring areas have been completely cleared of Al Qaida
militants, the governor of Hadramout said on Sunday.
has been left with just a handful of capable leaders and operatives, and with continued pressure is on the path to its destruction.
This followed a threat by Al Qaida
to launch a new phase of violence.
is is likely to use its contacts and capabilities in Iraq to mount an attack on US soil, according to a new National Intelligence Estimate on threats to the America.