Terrorist Attack Twarted

Posted: October 30, 2010 in Uncategorized

 Obama: Terror explosives found, bound for US










AP  – Friday








 October 29, 2010










WASHINGTON –








 






President





 





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 declared Friday that authorities had uncovered a “credible terrorist threat”








against the United States following the overseas discovery of U.S.-bound packages containing explosives aboard








 






cargo





 





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. Obama said both had been addressed to Jewish organiza








tions in the Chicago area.










The disclosures triggered a worldwide alert amid fears that al-Qaida was attempting to carry out fresh terror attacks.










The events “underscore the necessity of remaining vigilant against terrorism,” the president said. The package








s both originated in Yemen, but








 






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 did not explicitly assign blame to al-Qaida, which is active in the Arab nation and long has made clear its goal of attacking the United S








tates.










The events unfolded four days before national elections in which discussion of terrorism has played almost no role.










Obama stepped to the podium in the hours after officials disclosed that authorities in Dubai intercepted an explosive device bound fo








r a Chicago-area Jewish institution. The second package was aboard a plane searched in England, and officials said it contained a printer toner cartridge with wires and powder.










That second package was aboard a plane in East Midlands,








 






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Obama did not identify any institution that had been targeted.










Several other cargo planes at airports along the Eastern Seaboard of the United States also were searched, and officia








ls said no explosives were found. An








 






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 passenger jet carrying cargo from Yemen was escorted from the Canadian border to New York City by two military fighter je








ts, U.S. officials said. They said it was a precautionary action.










An FBI spokesman in Chicago, Ross Rice, said both suspicious packages had been sent from the same address in Yemen.










The president refrained from assigning blame to Yemen’s al-Qaida branch, b








ut officials who spoke on condition of anonymity said they were increasingly certain that was the source. The same group was responsible for the attempted bombing of a U.S.-bound airliner last Christmas.










The officials spoke on condition of anonymity, citin








g the ongoing investigation.










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 counterterrorism adviser John Brennan later told reporters that the explosives “were in a form that was designed to try to carry out some type of attack,” but he pr








ovided no further details.










“The forensic analysis is under way,” he said, adding, “Clearly from the initial observation, the initial analysis that was done, the materials that were found in the device that was uncovered was intended to do harm.”



 









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