Yemen's Al Qaeda Warns U.S. 'Worse to Come'

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The leader of al Qaeda in Yemen warned Wednesday that Osama bin Laden's death does not mean the terrorist network is finished, saying Americans "will pay the price" for the terrorist leader's demise.

In a statement posted on al-Fajr, al Qaeda's online media organization, Nasser al Wuhayshi said "what is coming is greater and worse."

"You have to fight one generation after the other, until your life is ruined, your days are disturbed and you face disgrace," the statement read. "The fight between us and you was not led by Osama alone."

The ominous words come as a new Associated Press-GfK poll  shows President Obama is experiencing a significant up tick in his approval ratings as a result of the May 1 bin Laden mission.

According to the survey taken one week after the Pakistan mission, 60 percent of Americans approve of the job Obama is doing. More than half say he deserves to be reelected.

The successful May 1 raid has now become a major talking point for the president.

"Because of the extraordinary bravery of the men and women who wear this nation's uniform and the outstanding work of our intelligence agencies, Osama bin Laden will never again threaten the United States of America," the president said in an address at a fundraising event in Austin, Texas, Tuesday night.

"We couldn't be prouder of them," he added.

Meanwhile, the question remains, what does bin Laden's death mean for the war on terror?   
    
Army Maj. Gen. John F. Campbell, U.S. commander in eastern Afghanistan, said the U.S. will not change its military strategy in that country.

"You know, bin Laden, (is) certainly the leader of al Qaeda, certainly an important man of that organization. But one man does not make this war on terrorism," Campbell said.

In Pakistan, the fallout from the operation to take out bin Laden has created a rift between the U.S. and Pakistan's government.

Pakistan still hasn't allowed the American officials to interrogate three of bin Laden's wives.They also haven't returned a top secret U.S. helicopter lost in the raid.
    
Nevertheless, U.S. officials said talks with Pakistan will continue.

"We believe that it is very important to maintain a cooperative relationship with Pakistan precisely because it is in our national security interests to do so," White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said.

Meanwhile, while the White House has stuck by its decision to withhold photos of bin Laden's body from the public, the CIA has invited senators from two key committees to view the pictures.

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