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Al-Qaeda behind terror threat to U.S.: Clinton


13:42, September 10, 2011

NEW YORK, Sept. 9 (Xinhua) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that al-Qaeda was behind a new but unconfirmed terrorist threat against the United States.

Speaking at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York ahead of a key 9/11 anniversary, Clinton said a latest report showed that al-Qaeda is attempting to attack the United States, in particular to target New York and Washington.

Clinton referred to the warning issued by the Department of Homeland Security Thursday night about "a specific, credible, but unconfirmed" terror plot to target New York and Washington.

She said that while the terror threat was still unconfirmed, intelligence has pointed to al-Qaeda elements who are behind the plot.

"We are taking this threat seriously," Clinton said. She said the killing of Osama bin Laden "put al-Qaida on the path to defeat, " and the raid on his compound was a "great tribute to the thousands of Americans and other people throughout the world who worked with us."

Facing the challenges of terrorism, Clinton said that state officials are combining diplomacy, development and necessary military actions to achieve short-term and long-term goals.

"We are waging a broad, sustained and relentless campaign that harnesses every element of American power against terrorism, and even as we remain tightly focused on the terrorist network that attacked us 10 years ago, we're also thinking about the next 10 years and beyond,"said Clinton

Speaking of the security measures that New York City has been ramping up, Clinton said that New Yorkers should remain vigilant but not let the latest terror threat affect their day-to-day lives

A variety of commemorative events will be held this Sunday in New York City, the Pentagon in Northern Virginia and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where terrorists hijacked passenger planes and crashed them on Sept. 11, 2001, killing nearly 3,000 people.


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Hammad Sethi at 2011-09-1192.26.133.*
No Muslim country or organisation had the capability to carry out 9/11 in USA. But the Americans deserved fully what happened on 9/11, even if it was carried out by US government, just to use it as an excuse to start a war of aggression against Islam.

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