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FBI Warns Key Al Qaeda Capture Could Spark Attacks

The FBI on Wednesday warned U.S. law enforcement officials to be on the lookout for signs of “terrorist planning” in light of the recent arrest of suspected Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. In its weekly intelligence bulletin sent out to law enforcement officials across the country, the FBI said the weekend arrest in Pakistan of Mohammed and two other al Qaeda operatives could speed up any attacks that are in the works. “The FBI assesses that the capture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed deals a severe long-term blow to al Qaeda’s ability to plan and carry out attacks against the United States,” the bulletin said. “However, in the short-term this apprehension may accelerate execution of any operational planning already underway, as operatives seek to carry out attacks before the information obtained through Mohammed’s capture can be used to undermine operational security. “Law enforcement agencies should remain alert to potential signs of terrorist planning or execution and should report suspicious activity,” it said. In addition to Mohammed the FBI identified one other man captured as Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi, who is believed to be a key financier of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Full Story

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