U.S. warns of attacks by al Qaeda

Posted on July 30, 2011


Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 11:54 GMT

The United States warned of possible attacks by al Qaeda on U.S. targets in different regions of the world, at the time formed the threats of al Qaeda and the Iranian role in the Iraqi scene the main fears expressed by candidates Barack Obama as the head of the National Center for combating terrorism and the Joint Chiefs of Staff U.S. Army.

The Foreign Ministry called the U.S. the world to maintain high levels of caution from the direction of possible attacks after the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

The ministry said in a statement Tuesday, said that the ongoing investigations highlighted that al-Qaeda and a number of organizations allied with him preparing to launch attacks on U.S. targets in several regions of the world, especially Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

She explained that these attacks may range from suicide attacks and bomb blasts, through killings and abductions, noting that potential targets will be sporting events with a large follow-up information, and areas of accommodation, restaurants, clubs and schools and houses of worship.

For his part, Matthew Olsen, candidate for the presidency of the National Center for combating terrorism to attack the United States is still “big target” for al Qaeda and groups affiliated to it after about ten years from the attacks of September 11 / September 2001.

Mr Olsen said at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Intelligence Committee that the killing of al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was an “important step” and “major victory” for the organization but the group still represents the greatest terrorist threat to the United States.

He explained that this danger does not come mostly from the senior leadership of the organization in Pakistan, because Al Qaeda have a common goal, but now widespread in the regional sites under the command of different leaders and different objectives.

. Olsen said that al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, which is working in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attempted bombing of a passenger plane bound for the United States on December 25 / December 2009 “showed a level of readiness and capacity to strike the United States.”

He said that the group belonging to a base in Somalia, also appear willing and able to strike targets outside the country.

If the Senate confirmed his nomination Olsen will become director of the agency created after the attacks of September 11 / September 2001 as a center for analysis and exchange of information on the so-called terrorist threats.

Warning to Iran
The other candidate, warned President Obama to the presidency of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S. Army Iran to reduce the appreciation of what he calls U.S. determination to respond to attacks by militias supported by Iran on U.S. forces in Iraq.

He did not say Gen. Martin Dempsey, the possible U.S. responses at a Senate hearing to confirm his nomination to become president of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a position expected to be undertaken in October / November next.

But his comments shed light on the growing U.S. concern in the wake of the killing of 14 American soldiers in June, the highest number of casualties suffered in the ranks of U.S. forces in a single month in Iraq three years ago.

Dempsey pointed to concerns that Tehran may go too far in its actions in Iraq and its nuclear program which the West believes is aimed at making nuclear weapons, Tehran says is for peaceful purposes.

Source: agencies

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