(NEWSER– Al-Qaeda wasn't just planning a one-off suicide bombing of the usual variety—it was close to pulling the trigger on a highly coordinated operation in Yemen that involved blowing up pipelines and taking control of key port cities, reports the BBC. The news service also says US special operations forces are preparing to launch "strike operations" in Yemen, which would mark a significant increase from their typical role in providing training. The US yesterday warned citizens to get out of the country.

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