The discovery of explosive devices hidden on cargo planes bound for the U.S. has clear the reality of al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula's strong presence in Yemen, as well as the Saudi Arabian government's increasingly necessary role in counter-intelligence in that region. A tip from the Saudi counter-terrorism intelligence agency was the key that led to the discovery of the bombs, which were destined tor addresses in the U.S. We discuss the importance of the Saudi government to western counter-terrorism and the threat that exists in Yemen with Princeton University's Gregory Johnsen, an expert on Yemen affairs, and Caryle Murphy, correspondent for the GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor.

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