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Al-Qaeda Preparing New September 11-Type attack: Report

Al-Qaeda is preparing a new attack in the United States on the scale of September 11 after adopting a new operational structure which is impenetrable to US intelligence, a Saudi weekly reports in its Friday edition. “An attack against America is inevitable,” Al-Majallah quotes the Islamic militant network’s newly-appointed spokesman Thabet bin Qais as saying in an email to the paper. Al-Qaeda has “carried out changes in its leadership and sidelined the September 11, 2001 team”, the paper quotes bin Qais as saying. “Future missions have been entrusted to the new team, which is well protected against the US intelligence services. The old leadership does not know the names of any of its members.” Bin Qais mocks concerns expressed by Washington about a possible al-Qaeda attack on its consulate in the Pakistani metropolis of Karachi, saying the network’s target is the United States itself. “Of course, the US consulate in Karachi is a US interest and a staging post for Federal Bureau of Investigation personnel in Pakistan, but it doesn’t necessarily constitute a pressing target,” he says. “Striking it is not a priority for al-Qaeda compared with the plans under way preparing a new attack in the United States on the scale of September 11.” Full Story

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