Gregory Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Johnsen has written for a variety of publications on Yemen including, among others, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, The Independent, The Boston Globe, and The National. He is the co-founder of Waq al-Waq: Islam and Insurgency in Yemen Blog. In 2009, he was a member of the USAID's conflict assessment team for Yemen.
I saw this story in Arabic yesterday, and today the BBC has it, saying that Jabir al-Fayfi the surrendered or captured al-Qaeda member (either way he is in Saudi custody) was the key link in disrupting the plot. I have my doubts.
As, I spelled out in this post, al-Fayfi's arrest was announced by AQAP on September 4, 2010, which at least by my rudimentary math skills would have given AQAP plotters more than enough time to switch plans or alter the plot. Surely, they must have known - given how much they rail about Saudi interrogation methods - that anything that al-Fayfi knew was compromised.
So, then, what to make of the story? Disinformation or is AQAP stupid enough to go forward with a plot they should have suspected was compromised? Or is there some other possibility that the brain trust at Waq al-waq is too sleep deprived to think of?
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- The improved rapport and empathy was also observed in people who didn't know each other.
- Non-verbal clues are very important in the development stages of a relationship.
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