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22nd Nov 2003, 21:02

U.S. Warns of Increased Terror Threat
Nov 22, 8:16 AM (ET)


WASHINGTON (AP) - Americans at home and abroad are being warned about increased risk of terrorist attacks as U.S. intelligence is reporting a rising volume of threats, especially concern that al-Qaida could hijack cargo jets and crash them into targets.

The Homeland Security Department and the FBI, citing the intelligence reports and the recent spate of bombings overseas, issued a public warning Friday and an advisory to law enforcement agencies, government officials and private-sector security personnel.

Of particular concern is "al-Qaida's continued interest in aviation, including using cargo jets" to attack facilities such as bridges or dams "as well as targeting liquid natural gas, chemical and other hazardous materials facilities," a department statement said.

It said "increased vigilance here at home is prudent and may be key to deterring or disrupting terrorist attacks."

Also Friday, the State Department issued a "worldwide caution" for Americans traveling abroad, urging they "maintain a high level of vigilance" for possible terrorist attacks.

"We are seeing increasing indications that al-Qaida is preparing to strike U.S. interests abroad," it said.

Neither threat warning included any specific times, locations or methods for a potential attack.

The Homeland Security statement, however, urges a heightened state of awareness during the final days of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ends early next week, and during the U.S. holiday travel season, which begins next week and ends in early January.

"We recommend that all Americans continue with plans for work or leisure," the statement says. "Visible security as well as the vigilance of homeland security professionals at all levels of government, the private sector and the general public can make a difference and prevent potential terrorist attacks."

Despite the language, officials say there are no plans for the U.S. government to raise the nation's color-coded threat level beyond its current "yellow," or elevated, position, the midpoint on a five-level scale. The threat level has been at yellow since May 30.

Separately, U.S. officials in Iraq warned of a possible upsurge in violence with the approaching end of Ramadan. Capt. Iam Imicher, a company commander in the 588th Engineering Battalion in Baqouba, said "intelligence sources throughout the city" and the surrounding province "indicate an increase as Ramadan ends and we move into the month of December."

Ramadan began with several deadly bombings in Baghdad, including a suicide attacker who detonated an ambulance packed with plastic explosives outside the international Red Cross headquarters in the Iraqi capital.

On Thursday, at least 27 people were killed and about 450 wounded when twin truck bombs destroyed the Istanbul, Turkey, headquarters of a British bank and the British consulate. The attacks follow bombings at two Istanbul synagogues last Saturday that killed 23 people.

Although al-Qaida is known for multiple, near-simultaneous attacks, the Homeland Security statement said "the manner in which these attacks are being conducted indicates refined capabilities and sophisticated tactics." No details were given.

The FBI warned in October that al-Qaida and other Islamic extremist groups might time attacks to coincide with Ramadan because of the religious symbolism. But many law enforcement and intelligence officials also say that terror groups tend to act when operations are ready, regardless of the date.

22nd Nov 2003, 21:38
I would like to think the Dept of Homeland Security is really interested in this new threat of using Cargo Jets for attacts but, I have not yet seen any change in security on many of the Cargo ramps other than a few in Europe. I see very little changes in places like JFK,ORD,EWR, MIA,etc. Is it just me?:confused: Comments?

25th Nov 2003, 18:57
Thread here (http://www.pprune.org/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=108240)

Agaricus bisporus
25th Nov 2003, 20:04
Istanbul, Turkey. Yeah, right. Not Istanbul, Portugal or Belgium then? I'm grateful for the info...London, England? No sh!t! Really?

I know it's a cultural thing, but no one (not even the Yanks) say New York, USA do they?

Why not? ;) ;) ;)


27th Nov 2003, 23:24
Agaricus bisporus

you are aware of the place called London in the U.S.?

27th Nov 2003, 23:40
and what about London, Ontario, Canada?

27th Nov 2003, 23:51
not to mention the SIX Londons in the USA !

AR, CA, KY, MN, OH, and OR.