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Terrorists aim at Pearl Harbor

Terrorists linked to al Qaeda have targeted U.S. military facilities in Pearl Harbor, including nuclear-powered submarines and ships, The Washington Times has learned. Intelligence reports about the terrorist threat to the Hawaiian harbor bombed by the Japanese in World War II were sent to senior U.S. officials in the past two weeks and coincided with reports of the planning of a major attack by Osama bin Laden’s terrorist group. Officials said the reports were one of the reasons that led to the recent heightened security threat alert. The alert status has since been lowered. According to officials familiar with the reports, al Qaeda is planning an attack on Pearl Harbor because of its symbolic value and because its military facilities are open from the air. The attacks would be carried out by hijacked airliners from nearby Honolulu International Airport that would be flown into submarines or ships docked at Pearl Harbor in suicide missions, said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity. “The targeting includes nuclear ships and submarines and military facilities in the Pearl Harbor area,” a defense official said. The harbor is the home for 30 Navy and Coast Guard warships, including 18 nuclear submarines, five destroyers and two frigates. An additional terrorist target is said to be Hickam Air Force Base, located next to Honolulu airport and less than five miles from Pearl Harbor. Warplanes, transports and refueling tankers are based there. A second official said the intelligence information about the threat also indicated the harbor was targeted because of its openness. Full Story

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