Officials downplay threat on purported al Qaeda tape

Los Angeles, Australia mentioned as possible targets.

U.S. counterterrorism officials said Monday September 12, 2005 that they were skeptical that a purported al Qaeda tape that threatened California and Australia was a prelude to an attack. On the tape, a masked man speaking in American-accented English says, “Yesterday, London and Madrid. Tomorrow, Los Angeles and Melbourne, Allah willing.” One official said it “appears to be just a propaganda tool put out by al Qaeda to mark the 9/11 anniversary,” which was Sunday. The official said the tape “covers the usual well-worn jihadist propaganda themes.” A counterterrorism official said analysts are telling local officials, “Don’t get too spun up about the threat to L.A.”, noting that there has been “very little linkage over time” between al Qaeda tapes and attacks. Full Story

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