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The failed Detroit airliner bomb attack on Christmas Day awakened the world to the threat from al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), a group that until then was hardly a household name.
Said al-Shihri, left and Mohammed al-Awfi (January 2009)
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) was formed in January 2009
Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, a young Nigerian who allegedly came within an ace of killing almost 300 passengers and crew with a bomb hidden in his underwear, said he had been trained an