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Terrorist Plots Foiled Abroad, U.S. Officials Say

Terrorist plots by Iraqi intelligence aimed at U.S. facilities in two nations, including one on the Arabian Peninsula, have been uncovered recently, the State Department said Friday. Suspects alleged to have been in the “sleeper cells” were arrested this month in both countries and weapons, including explosives, were confiscated before the attacks could be carried out, U.S. officials said. The arrests led to alerts about potential Iraqi assaults against U.S. interests in at least eight other countries. The Bush administration refused to identify the Arabian Peninsula nation targeted in the initial plots. But late Friday, the State Department issued a new warning to U.S. citizens in Yemen that the security threat there due to terrorism is now high and urged any Americans considering travel to the country to defer plans. As a result of “credible reports that terrorists have planned attacks against U.S. interests in Yemen,” the State Department also authorized the voluntary departure of all nonemergency personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Sana, the capital. Full Story

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