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The recent shoe bomb alert may be linked to al-Qaeda

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The latest on the resurgence of a shoe bomb threat is it may be coming from a growing al-Qaeda following in Yemen. (Source: CNN) The latest on the resurgence of a shoe bomb threat is it may be coming from a growing al-Qaeda following in Yemen. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) – The government has issued a warning to airlines about possible shoe-bomb threats.

A U.S. official says it's a credible threat that's tied to al-Qaeda, which has never given up its intent to attack the U.S. again.

There is no specific target, but the assessment is al-Qaeda will try to place a shoe bomb on an airline bound for the U.S.

One suspect: al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and headquartered in Yemen.

"Al-Qaeda and Yemen have a master bomb mater Ibrahim al-Asiri in their ranks who is still at large. Now this is the guy who was responsible for several of the attempts on US aviation in the last few years," CNN terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank said. "He's ingenious at making bombs; he's constantly trying to come up with new ways to get past airport security."

While some in the administration describe the threat as "aspirational" and a desire to attack, one U.S. official tells CNN the TSA would not have taken the steps to warn the airlines unless the threat was real.

The official telling CNN the threat may represent a renewed effort by al-Qaeda said "this is not just some flip comment on the part of the bad guy."

One big worry – al-Qaeda has developed some new type of hard to detect bomb that can be hidden in shoe. Screening technology couldn't detect the explosives and the bomb might have little to no mental content.

U.S. officials also confirm there are a small number of American citizen in Yemem in al-Qaeda, with American passports they could readily re-enter the U.S. with.

The U.S. believes it knows exactly where the threat is coming from, but officials have not given additional information about that.

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