Official: Al-Qaeda Plans Something Big

(USA Today) Kevin Johnson - A top counter-terrorism official who has access to all intelligence on al-Qaeda says its operatives dropped plans this year for several small attacks in the U.S. to focus on plotting a ''more spectacular'' assault on U.S. soil. The official said interviews with al-Qaeda detainees, intercepts of communications from suspected operatives, and other sources have yielded evidence that bin Laden's network still has a command structure and a determination to launch an attack. The official said the U.S. government is conducting more than 1,000 terror-related investigations. Nearly all involve people suspected of raising funds or recruiting for al-Qaeda or Middle Eastern terror groups.

2003-12-01 00:00:00

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