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U.S. Seeks Clues From al-Qaida Documents

FBI and CIA experts dug through piles of information Monday from the Pakistani home of alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, searching for clues that new strikes might be imminent. U.S. authorities also questioned Mohammed on Monday, seeking information about safe houses and hideouts used by the al-Qaida terror network, a Pakistani intelligence official said. Mohammed’s exact whereabouts were unclear. Mohammed had been plotting attacks against targets in the United States and Saudi Arabia in the weeks before his capture, U.S. counterterrorism officials contended. Such attacks might have been against commercial or other lightly defended civilian targets, officials said, although they acknowledged they do not know whether al-Qaida targets had been selected. Intelligence about Mohammed’s activities led in part to the orange alert that lasted most of February, Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said. Full Story

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