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FBI Warns of Attacks Set Off by Iraq War

The FBI has drawn up a sweeping domestic contingency plan to counter possible attacks prompted by a war with Baghdad, including monitoring Iraqis and potentially thousands of others who may launch “sympathy” strikes, officials said Thursday. Bush administration officials Thursday also lowered the nation’s terrorism threat alert by one level to code yellow, or “elevated” risk of attack, but stressed that Americans remain at “significant risk” of attack even before hostilities ensue. “The lowering of the threat level is not a signal to government, law enforcement or citizens that the danger of a terrorist attack is passed,” Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft and Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said in a joint statement. “Detained Al Qaeda operatives have informed U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials that Al Qaeda will wait until it believes Americans are less vigilant and less prepared before it will strike again. “For this reason, and for the safety and security of our nation, Americans must continue to be defiant and alert,” the statement said. ”We must always be prepared to respond to a significant risk of terrorist attacks.” Full Story

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