Al-Qaeda centre of gravity shifting from Pakistan, say analysts
ISLAMABAD (AFP) - As Al-Qaeda marks its 25th anniversary this month, analysts say the recent security threat in Yemen shows the organisation's centre of gravity is shifting away from its historic base in Pakistan.
US President Barack Obama has cautioned that affiliates such as Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a unit of the extremist group that effectively controls parts of Yemen, still pose a threat despite successful efforts to disrupt the organisation's core leadership.
His warning came after the United States closed 19 diplomatic missions in the Middle East and Africa last week after reported intelligence intercepts from Al-Qaeda suggested an attack was imminent.
Reports indicated the intercepts involved some kind of group communication between Al-Qaeda supremo Ayman al-Zawahiri, and AQAP leader Nasser al-Wuhayshi.