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At Home, Pursuing Terror

As the war in Iraq became more intense, so did the war on terrorism at home. Federal authorities, girded for the prospect of retaliatory terrorist strikes, were on high alert, as federal, state and local authorities took extra steps to guard borders, airports and other possible targets. The authorities also continued searching for a man who they said had recently lived in southern Florida and might be a Qaeda operative planning an attack. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has received more than 1,000 tips since announcing 10 days ago that it was looking for the 27-year-old, Adnan G. el-Shukrijumah. Unconfirmed reports have placed the Saudi native everywhere from Tampa to Trinidad, but the F.B.I. said at week’s end that it had not established his most recent location. Meanwhile, authorities secured two convictions in one of their highest-profile terrorism prosecutions — “a sleeper cell” operating out of Lackawanna, N.Y. Yahya Goba, 26, and Shafal Mosed, 24, both Yemeni-Americans, pleaded guilty to charges of aiding Al Qaeda, the second and third of the so-called Lackawanna Six to admit guilt. They admitted they had gone to a Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan a few months before the 9/11 attacks and received weapons training. Each man faces up to 10 years in prison. Full Story

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