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BA, Air France Cancel Flights; U.S. Sees Qaeda Threat

British Airways and Air France on Saturday canceled seven flights to and from the United States after U.S. officials said they had new intelligence pointing to an al Qaeda plot to target the planes. The officials gave only sketchy information on the new intelligence, which again raised fears of possible September 11-style attacks on U.S. targets. A U.S. official said Washington had intelligence that Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network may be targeting five or six U.S.-bound flights from Europe. “There are a handful of flights we are concerned about, and British Airways has canceled about half of them,” the official said on condition of anonymity. “We have received threat reporting that indicates al Qaeda’s desire to target these particular flights.” The intelligence enabled U.S. authorities to identify flights potentially at risk, but the official said further details were not available. Full Story

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