The charges - conspiracy to kill Americans, conspiring to provide support to al-Qaida and providing support to al Qaida
- carry a potential penalty of life in prison.
A US intelligence official and a Mideast diplomat said the embassy closures were triggered by the interception of a secret message between al Qaida
chief Ayman al-Zawahri and Nasser al-Wahishi, the leader of the Yemen-based al Qaida
in the Arabian Peninsula, about plans for a major attack.
But US intelligence officials have said that some al Qaida
members find al-Zawahri to be a controlling micromanager who lacks bin Laden's populist appeal.
The Western-trained Special Forces troops were deployed this week in the eastern areas of the country where at least 400 Al Qaida
operatives are hiding and trying to incite the most conservative tribes there against America and the "agent and traitor" Yemeni government, who launch a "Crusade war" against them.
Al-Masri became a senior Al-Qaida operative for international terrorist operations after fighting in Bosnia and Chechnya and then serving as a military instructor in an al Qaida
training camp in Afghanistan.
They are said to have assumed that these were Al Qaida
The US has identified five senior Al Qaida
operatives who they believe have been to Iran since the U.
It is estimated that between 300 and 1,000 al Qaida
fighters are trapped in two parallel valleys near Tora Bora, and a tribal fighter said 300 al Qaida
were ready to surrender.
In 2004, Zarqawi and his terrorist group formally joined al Qaida
, pledged allegiance to Osama bin Laden, and he promised to "follow his orders in jihad.
Commenting on Al Qaida
's statement, Saeed Obaid Al Jumahi, a leading analyst on Al Qaida
told Gulf News that statement was an attempt to justify that attack in the wake public outrage after the TV footage.
The killing of such a major al Qaida
figure is likely to embarrass Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, who has repeatedly said he would not sanction US military action against al Qaida
members believed to be regrouping in the wild borderlands near Afghanistan.
This followed a threat by Al Qaida
to launch a new phase of violence.