Bin Laden's bodyguard warns of escalation in Yemen

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August 27, 2010 08:56

 
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A former bodyguard of Osama bin Laden warned of an escalation in fighting between al-Qaida and Yemeni authorities and predicted the government would need outside intervention to stay in power.

Nasser Ahmed al-Bahri told the Associated Press late Wednesday that recent attacks by al-Qaida in southern Yemen was an indication of its increasing strength.

US officials have said that the CIA now sees al-Qaida's branch in Yemen as a greater threat to the United States than its parent organization hiding out in Pakistan.

"I expect that the confrontations will escalate and will reach an open war between the government and al-Qaida fighters," he said, adding that US forces may have to intervene to keep the terror network from triumphing.

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