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Al Qaeda Planning New Attack on U.S. -Member

Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda has reorganized and is planning an operation against the United States similar to the Sept. 11 attacks, a member of the Islamic militant group has told an Arabic magazine. In the article in Sunday’s edition of the London-based weekly al-Majalla, made available in advance to Reuters, an al Qaeda “media coordinator” named as Thabet bin Qais also said that striking the U.S. consulate in Karachi was not a priority. Washington said last week that al Qaeda was in the late stages of planning an aerial suicide attack on the consulate in Karachi when Pakistani authorities broke up a cell in the city last month and arrested six al Qaeda members. “(The U.S. consulate) does not necessarily form a pressing target and striking it is not a priority for the organization compared to the plans being made now for a strike of the size of the September 11 attacks in the United States,” the prominent Saudi-owned magazine said, quoting bin Qais indirectly. Full Story

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