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CIA Stopped Al Qaeda Bomb Plot

The Associated Press has discovered that the CIA thwarted an al Qaeda bomb plot that was intended for around the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden, which passed last week. An al Qaeda affiliate group was planning an upgrade to the failed underwear bomb of Christmas 2009, using a bomb that allegedly contained no metal. The CIA stopped the plot before the would-be bomber purchased a ticket for what agents suspected to be a U.S.-bound flight. The bomb has been seized and is being tested to see if it could have, indeed, passed through security and if it had the ability to bring down a plane if detonated. U.S. officials, who asked the AP to hold off on reporting the case until it was finished, still have not confirmed the report, €”though anonymous sources assured its validity.