Two Chicago-bound packages containing bombs disguised as printer cartridges sent from Yemen via UPS and FedEx Express, with one carried for a time in the belly of a Qatar Airways passenger aircraft, did not detonate before being discovered last Oct. 29. Nevertheless, they sent powerful reverberations worldwide. A menacing message from al-Qaida’s Yemen affiliate to the world in the aftermath of the cargo bomb discoveries—“You either spend billions of dollars to ...

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