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  • The_Chute The_Chute Dec 24, 1998 1:59 AM Flag

    Possible Terrorist Retailiation in Next

    Wednesday, December 23, 1998 6:05

    Iraq
    Bombing Heightens Anti-US Terrorist
    Threat


    (IsraelWire-12/23-03:23-IST) Last week's bombing of Iraq has further increased
    the chance of a terrorist attack against Americans
    living and traveling abroad, US officials told
    CNN.


    Serious threats against the United States and its
    citizens have doubled since the August 7 terrorist
    bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania, according
    to a senior law enforcement source who declined to
    give specific numbers.


    Law enforcement and
    intelligence sources say the missile attacks against Iraq,
    combined with US air raids in August against alleged
    terrorist sites in Afghanistan and Sudan, have focused
    anti-American sentiment among suspected terrorist
    groups.


    State Department precautions

    As a precaution
    against retaliation, the State Department in the past
    week:


    Warned US officials in the Persian Gulf of a possible
    attack in the next 30 days.


    Temporarily shut
    down most US embassies in Africa.


    Issued a
    caution to US citizens traveling abroad.


    In
    addition, FBI rapid-deployment teams, which respond to
    large-scale terrorism strikes against Americans overseas, are
    at a high state of alert.


    "Clearly, at a
    time like right now, when we anticipate the
    possibility of an act against the United States, (security)
    efforts will be stepped up," said Harry "Skip" Brandon, a
    former senior FBI intelligence
    official.


    Tighter security

    FBI sources say they have yet to
    receive any evidence of a specific attack. Still, the
    bureau has made a number of precautionary moves
    including:

    -- Mobilizing its new $20 million communications
    hub.

    -- Advising local police departments to closely
    monitor water supplies, telephone switching centers and
    electrical systems.


    Other US government agencies
    took precautions, too. Last week, security was stepped
    up at airports and thousands of federal
    buildings.


    The General Services Administration, which oversees
    federal buildings, said security had been raised to a
    maximum state of alert from a heightened security alert,
    meaning more police presence and intensive
    screening.


    Despite the infrequency of attacks on US soil, threats of
    terrorism are routine. In fact, US embassies receive
    thousands per year. But given the current climate, US
    authorities are watching for any hint of terrorist planning
    or activity.
    (CNN)




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