“’AQAP [Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] remains a significant, lingering concern, in part because the group was so fixated on aviation as a target, and the kind of bomb-making expertise that the group developed was unlikely to have been contained to just a few select individuals,’ said Nicholas J. Rasmussen, a former director of the National Counterterrorism Center.

“’That kind of knowledge and expertise is of course shareable and transferable — not just within AQAP but beyond to other Al Qaeda-affiliated terrorist groups and other like-minded terrorists,’ said Mr. Rasmussen, who is now the acting executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership, a think tank…”

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