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U.S. Raises Terror Alert After Wave of Attacks Overseas

The Bush administration raised its terror alert this afternoon, saying there was a high risk of a new terrorist attack, following warnings that such an attack might be “imminent” in Saudi Arabia and signs that one was increasingly possible in the United States. Asa Hutchinson, under secretary of the Homeland Security Department, announced that the terror alert had been raised to orange, or high risk, its second-highest level, from yellow, or elevated risk. Mr. Hutchinson said that the heightened terror alert was based both on the recent bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco and on intelligence reports indicating that terrorists are continuing to plan attacks against targets in the United States. As in past instances when the alert level was raised, intelligence agencies were reporting “an increased specificity in terms of the threats that we hear,” without any clear evidence about possible targets, he said. Full Story

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