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Monday, February 28, 2005

HARD VIEW: FOX NEWS RELEASES QUESTIONABLE TERROR ALERT

FOX NEWS: Officials: Bin Laden Urges Zarqawi to Hit U.S

Fox News...
WASHINGTON — Recent communications between Usama bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi indicated that bin Laden has "encouraged Zarqawi and his group to focus on attacks inside the United State, multiple U.S. officials told FOX News on Monday.

The sources would not get into detail about how the communication was made or how it was intercepted by the United States and they pointed out that there is nothing specific in the message — such as maps, specific cities, or buildings — just a message encouraging a "focus" on attacks inside U.S. borders.

Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq and believed to be the inspiration of the ongoing bombings, beheadings and attacks on Iraqi and American forces, pledged his alliance to bin Laden last year and changed the name of his group in Iraq to reflect his tie to Al Qaeda. Iraqi officials said they expect to take Zarqawi soon; they recently nabbed a key associate and the driver of Jordanian-born terror leader.

U.S. officials say Zarqawi has "his hands full" trying to stay out of U.S. or Iraqi custody in Iraq and they question whether Zarqawi's group would have the ability to pull off an attack inside America. Also, officials are wondering aloud what this means about Al Qaeda and whether it means the group is reaching out to its central leader because they are under significant pressure.

Either way, U.S. officials say they are taking the communication seriously.

FOX News' Bret Baier and Nick Simeone contributed to this report.


Hard Question: WHY CAN'T FOX NEWS NAME ANY OF THESE OFFICIALS?

Why No 'Color Coded Terror Alert?'

Is the heat on Bush with this Iran Mess, is this a diversion to take attention away from the fact that Iran is going to have an Operational Nuclear Facility very shortly?

UPDATE: - Reuters Report on this - Note - No Official To Quote, No Reporters Name to give credit to the story


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4 Comments:

Blogger Hard Attack said...

Action Reporter 'Wolf Blitzer' is on this, opening with it at his 5pm broadcast on CNN.

He is going to ask what these 'interecepts' mean to former Homeland Security Under Secretary Asa Hutchinson. (You know, the guy who did such a great job as Drug Czar for the United States who wound up in the Homeland Security under Tom Ridge).

I don't think I am going to stick around the show to watch it, this 'questioning a former official who isn't even in the loop anymore' proves to me this is a bogus story to deflect the attention of the masses.

5:03 PM, February 28, 2005  
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5:08 PM, February 28, 2005  
Blogger Hard Attack said...

Reuters Reports: Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden has fairly recently asked his chief ally in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, to consider the United States as a target for terrorist attacks, a U.S. counterterrorism official said on Monday.

"There has been communication between bin Laden and Zarqawi with bin Laden suggesting to Zarqawi the U.S. homeland as a target," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Hard Comment: Again, 'AN OFFICIAL WHO SPOKE ON THE CONDITION OF ANONYMITY' - Give me a Break.

This report published by Yahoo - Written from Reuters, has no REPORTERS NAME EITHER....

Above in Thread - Click Update, for Link - note , no reporter, no official to quote.

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