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U.S. Concerned Al Qaeda Attack This Year

The U.S. government is concerned al Qaeda will try to launch an attack on American soil this year with high-profile events such as the presidential election approaching, John Brennan, director of the Terrorist Threat Integration Center, said on Monday. “We are very vigilant and concerned about the potential for al Qaeda to try to carry out an attack on the homeland here before the end of the year, possibly to coincide with the 2004 presidential election,” Brennan told Reuters. The train bombings in Madrid in March, followed within days by the election ouster of the pro-American governing party, and a half dozen broadcasts from al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri since the fall promising attacks against U.S. interests, has fueled those concerns. “If in fact some folks believe that they can affect elections with terrorism, this is something that we need to be very vigilant about,” Brennan said. Full Story

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