There are plenty of breaking news reports on the packages found late Thursday, October 29. Following are a few of the more detailed and helpful I have seen. Many of these reports will be updated in the hours ahead. (This post originated at 5:30 Eastern on Friday, October 30.)
Yemen launches manhunt for bomber (Reuters)
British special forces part of Yemen manhunt (Telegraph UK) Chief of British Defence Staff says military intervention in Yemen “might be” necessary (Telegraph UK)
Yemen indicts al-Awlaki (AFP)
SUNDAY UPDATE (At the request of Bill Cumming I am continuing the thread, although at a reduced pace.)
Suspect arrested in Yemen (Telegraph UK) (Student is thought to have be source of packages)
Likely bombmaker identified (Telegraph UK) (Same technician suspected in Christmas Day and other attempted bombings)
Awlaki identified as likely “mastermind” (Guardian UK) (Includes reporting on likely escalation of US operations originating in Yemen.)
Bomb points to Al Qaeda according to Dubai police (Khaleej Times Dubai)
Detailed description of IED found at Dubai (Telegraph UK)
Yemen packages expose gaps in air cargo screening (National Journal)
Secretary Napolitano affirms apparent AQ connection (ABC News, Good Morning America)
In June the GAO updated its report on Air Cargo Screening.
In June the Council on Foreign Relations provided a helpful update on the situation in Yemen: http://www.cfr.org/publication/9369/islamist_radicalism_in_yemen.html
ORIGINAL FRIDAY POST:
Terror alert: how the hunt for the packages unfolded (Guardian UK) (Nice overview of the timetable)
Obama Says Explosives Were U.S. Bound (New York Times)
Gibbs and Brennan Brief on Terrorism Threat (Politico)
Video of the President’s statement on the Yemeni packages (Washington Post) (after an advertisement) and the complete Post story. And now there’s a transcript of the President’s statement from the Post.
Packages bound for Chicago synagogues (Chicago Tribune) (One of the synagogues is across the street from the Obama’s southside home.)
Yemen Terror Alert (BBC) (Helpful side-bar pieces on the broader context in Yemen)
Reuters seems to have the best contacts on site in Dubai, where one of the suspicious devices was found. So far not much is being reported but you might check the link for updates: Package found in Dubai at lab for tests. The packages originated in Yemen where Reuters also seems to be the most likely candidate to tell us something, if something worth telling is found: Yemen investigating suspicious packages.