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Surge in Threats Triggered Alert Change

The suspected activities of senior al-Qaida operatives thought to be in Iran played a key role in the decision to raise the domestic terror alert level, U.S. counterterrorism officials said Wednesday. A surge in threatening communications, some given publicly, others intercepted covertly, was another critical factor, as were the recent attacks in Morocco and Saudi Arabia, officials said. The Homeland Security Department’s orange alert issued Tuesday suggests a high threat of terrorist attacks, and authorities extended security measures around the country. The FBI warned anew Wednesday that the bombings in Saudi Arabia and Morocco could be a “possible prelude” to a terrorist attack in the United States and that attacks are “likely” against U.S. and Western interests abroad. The warning was contained in an FBI bulletin sent weekly to more than 17,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, marking the third time in six days the FBI has urged state and local police to increase their vigilance. Full Story

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