In Brief... World News Review: Terrorist Attacks on the United States?

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Terrorist Attacks on the United States?

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"The U.S. has expressed the belief that Osama bin Laden is preparing more terrorist attacks-a fear no doubt enhanced by reports that a group affiliated with bin Laden has chemical and biological weapons....

"In a related development, the London-based newspaper Al-Hayat ran a story on April 19 about Ahmad Salama Mabrouk, a jailed member the Egyptian militant group Al-Jihad. Al-Jihad is a member of bin Laden's umbrella group International Islamic Front for Fighting Jews and Crusaders (IIFFJC). Al-Hayat reported Mabrouk as saying that not only does IIFFJC possess biological and chemical weapons but it also is planning about '100 operations' against U.S. and Israeli interests around the world.

"The report went on to state that the details of these planned attacks were found on a computer program, which was confiscated by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in September 1998 at the time Mabrouk was taken into custody in Azerbaijan." ( STRATFOR's Global Intelligence Update April 20, 1999.)