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Official: al-Qaida Almost Gone From Yemen

Yemen, the ancestral home of Osama bin Laden, has dismantled 90 percent of his al-Qaida cells in the country, in part by payoffs to tribes that once sheltered them, Prime Minister Abdul-Kader Bajammal told The Associated Press on Sunday. Bajammal credited U.S.-Yemeni cooperation with his country’s progress in fighting terrorism, but said the country is at odds with the American contention that Sheik Abdulmajid al-Zindani, a prominent cleric, is a terrorist recruiter for al-Qaida. There was no way to independently confirm Bajammal’s claims of success against al-Qaida. The prime minister also said suspects in the USS Cole bombing that killed 17 American sailors in 2000 off the southern port of Aden will stand trial in the next few weeks. Yemeni security forces recently recaptured the last of 10 Cole bombing suspects who escaped from prison last year. Full Story

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