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US raises terror alert

The US Government has put the country on the second-highest level of security alert because of an increased risk of terror attacks on American targets at home and abroad. US Attorney General John Ashcroft raised the alert from “yellow” to “orange”, saying the decision was based on specific intelligence reports, which warned of a high risk of attacks. Mr Ashcroft said the reports showed an increased likelihood of an attack by al-Qaeda on “soft targets” in America in mid-February, including apartment buildings and hotels. On Thursday, the US State Department issued a separate worldwide alert to Americans, warning them of an increased threats of attacks, using chemical and biological weapons. The BBC’s Justin Webb in Washington says the measures will confirm for many Americans that they are entering a period of conflict and danger – with war in Iraq widely regarded as a certainty now and retaliation against the US plainly a strong possibility. Full Story

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