Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
Marcos Alonso Zea, also known as Ali Zea, of Brentwood is charged with conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, attempting to provide material support to terrorists, obstruction of justice and more.
CBS News has learned that U.S. intelligence suggests that al Qaeda or one of its affiliates has a major plot under way. What they don’t know is the date, time or exact target.
Federal authorities announced Wednesday a high school student from Long Island pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his plans to travel to Yemen to volunteer to fight for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
“I will say this is one of the most sophisticated and successful intelligence operations that I’ve been aware of,” said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula trained in the desert but was planning on blowing up a U.S.-bound jet. However, the plot was undone by a man they thought was one of their own, CBS News has learned.
Stunned residents remember the extremist killed in last week’s U.S. drone strike as a former neighbor who “fit right in.” He lived in the area for 10 years with his parents, brother and sister, and attended a local mosque.
The State Department is warning the public that supporters of the American-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki may try to retaliate following Friday’s military strike that killed the al-Qaeda recruiter and propagandist.
Kelly said Samir Khan, who was also killed in the attack, had extensive contacts in New York City and published the English language Inspire Magazine, which in its most recent issue identified Grand Central Station as a target.
The American-born cleric behind the attempted Times Square bombing has now eclipsed Osama bin Laden as the biggest threat to American security.