U.S. intelligence and security officials yesterday said new information indicates that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has asked Iraq-based terrorists to focus future attacks on targets inside the United States.
Recent intelligence reports showed that bin Laden contacted Abu Musab Zarqawi, al Qaeda’s senior operative in Iraq, and urged Islamists there to shift from attacking U.S. targets in that country to targets in the United States, said officials familiar with the reports.
A U.S. official said there was no specific time or place mentioned in bin Laden’s message to Zarqawi. There are no plans to raise the color-coded threat level from “elevated,” or yellow, to “high,” or orange, officials said.
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