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Blackhawks up round the clock over New York for fear of attacks

The Department of Homeland Security has ordered round the clock air patrols over New York, fearing reprisals for the US war on Iraq. The order reprises the patrols lofted after the attacks on September 11, 2001. The overflights were called off a year later. Black Hawk helicopters and Cessna Citation small jet airplanes began their patrols Monday. They cover an area reaching out 80 kilometers (50 miles)from each of the three passenger airports that serve New York City: La Guardia, JFK International and Newark International, according to Asa Hutchinson, undersecretary for border and transportation security within the new Department of Homeland Security. “It is a reflection of the intelligence we have been receiving for some time that al-Qaeda will try to carry out an attack at the time of a military campaign in Iraq and that al-Qaeda continues to see New York as a prime target,” a senior government official told the New York daily on condition of anonymity. Full Story

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