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Sept. 10, 2008 and today, Sept. 10, 2012, are almost identical when you consider several national security facts.
Terrified by roving bands of killers, a farmer in northern Nigeria told her customers last week that she would not be able to make her deliveries.
Operatives for al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula know they're being watched by U.S. intelligence, and they're taking specific steps to stay alive.
Yemen has been high on the Central Intelligence Agency's radar before they they disrupted the most recent suicide plot there, set to sneak explosives through security and onboard an airplane by concealing a non-metalic device in a suicide bomber's underwear. This technology far more advanced than the intelligence community previously thought of al-Qaida's abilities.
Al-Qaida's most recent edition of Inspire magazine urges sympathizers to take advantage of opportunities to attack Americans in the U.S. homeland, using whatever means necessary.
"The terrorists that we're prosecuting today, in many instances are American kids, who grew up in suburban high schools and you can still see them on the pages of the drama club or the skateboard club," says Neil MacBride, U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
There is widespread agreement that al-Qaida's reign is over. It's just a matter of time before the remaining leaders and fighters are killed, captured or give up.