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August 6, 2013 - 7:02 am

Despite the Obama White House’s insistence that the “core” of al Qaeda is “greatly diminished,” a threat from “non-core” al Qaeda is causing two allied superpowers to evacuate Yemen. The US launched drone strikes on its way out; the UK is leaving without a parting shot.

The alerts and evacuations are said to be based on terrorist chatter and in part on “core” al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri’s call on operatives to “do something.”

Monday afternoon, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the intelligence said to be fueling the widespread US shutdown of embassies and now the evacuation of Yemen is months old.

Al Qaeda “chatter” about coming terrorist operations, mainly against 22 U.S. embassies and consulates, and threats to attack or bomb officials in the Middle East and elsewhere was widely reported in classified intelligence reports over several months. The report said an attack was planned for Sunday, although no attack was carried out.

The intelligence was based on electronic surveillance of al Qaeda communications indicating some type of spectacular bombing or other attacks was being planned and would in fact be carried out very soon.

The timing of the administration’s announced closure of numerous U.S. embassies in the Middle East has raised concerns among some U.S. officials that the Obama administration is politicizing intelligence to distract attention from the Benghazi and other scandals.

“Why is this coming out now?” asked one official with access to terrorist threat data. “Is the administration trying to suck up news coverage with the embassy threats to distract attention from what the CIA was doing in Benghazi?”

Ramadan, the Islamic holy month that also tends to spark terrorist attacks, ends Wednesday, August 7.

During the 2012 presidential campaign, President Obama and his allies claimed that al Qaeda is “decimated” and “on the run.” Today, it’s the United States that is on the run.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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My thought is that they got exactly what they wanted. What better propaganda could there be than to send two great super powers running with their tails between their legs? Booga, booga, booga, we gonna get you, you better run!
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You're seeing all this activity in Yemen because Al-Queda is going to go after that Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam. All this chatter about embassies is a look-over-here diversion. First step: Yemen, then, get eyes out of Yemen, infiltrate into the coastal Muslim population across the way in Africa. I'm sure they see the dam as a joint Christian-Zionist project to blackmail Egypt. Al-Queda probably already has guys working on the dam. They'll seize that, blow up stuff, kill foreigners, and get the second smaller dam as well. Classic Al-Queda. Good luck Western intel.
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RETREAT!

This is what it looks like...
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