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Japan Issues Terror Alert for Citizens

Alarmed by threats purportedly made by the Al Qaeda terrorist network to attack U.S. allies, Japan has issued an alert for its citizens traveling or living abroad. In an advisory posted on the Foreign Ministry Web site Monday, the ministry urged Japanese tourists and residents to use “utmost caution.” “In light of the statement purportedly by Al Qaeda threatening terror attacks, please obtain the latest information, stay away from facilities that are likely to become terror targets, use caution in crowded places and pay attention to what’s around you to avoid possible terror attacks or any other trouble,” it said. The alert was issued after two London-based Arabic-language newspapers received separate statements over the weekend threatening car bomb attacks against the United States, Britain, Italy, Australia and Japan. The threats in the daily Al-Quds Al-Arabi and weekly Al-Majallah came after Tokyo said last week it would delay — but not abandon — plans to send peacekeepers because of deteriorating security in southern Iraq. According to Al-Majallah, an alleged Al Qaeda operative identified as Abu Mohamed al-Ablaj in an e-mail warned Tokyo against sending troops to Iraq to help with postwar reconstruction. Full Story

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