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Terrorist threat in U.S.

In World News on November 5, 2010 at 6:50 pm

By: Kristen Hegel

          “We will continue to pursue additional protective measures for as long as it takes to ensure the safety and security for our citizens,” US President, Barack Obama, stated in response to bomb materials found on planes in route to the US. Discovered on Thursday night, October 28, in Dubai and England, were suspicious packages headed to synagogues in the Chicago area.

Sent from Yemen to the U.S. were explosive materials disguised as printer cartridges. Photo courtesy of dailymail.co.uk

         President Obama and White House Press Secretary, Robert Gibbs, were notified late Thursday night. Officials began monitoring the situation and later confirmed it was a “credible terrorist threat.” Gibbs released in a statement that “based on close cooperation among US government agencies and with our foreign allies and partners, authorities were able to identify and examine two suspicious packages, one in London and one in Dubai. Both of theses packages originated from Yemen.” Because the package was from Yemen, Al Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula is being suspected. They are also linked to the Christmas day bombing, which was a failed terrorist attack on the US.  The packages, which contained explosives disguised in printer cartridges, arrived to Yemen and were later shipped to Dubai and England where they were discovered by authorities.

            “Since two of the suspicious packages that were intercepted were addressed to religious institutions in Chicago, all churches, synagogues and mosques in the Chicago area should be vigilant for any unsolicited or unexpected packages, especially those originating from overseas locations,” Ross Rice, FBI spokesman, said. Places of worship in Chicago are now on high alert.

            The fight against terrorism in Yemen is proving to be a challenge. According to a Fox News report, there has been little sign of progress in Yemen. The country is torn between fighting militants or gaining needed support from tribes. During a press conference, Yemeni President, Ali Abdullah Saleh, said, “We guarantee the determination of Yemen in confronting and combating terrorism.” Authorities in Yemen have made an arrest, but released the suspect on account of that her identity was supposedly stolen by the terrorist who shipped the bomb materials. According to a Yemeni government security official, more arrests are likely to come, “It’s not over, and more arrests will take place as early as the next couple of days. We have different suspects in mind and we will further investigate them.”

            “(Obama) directed US intelligence and law enforcement agencies and the Department of Homeland Security, to take steps to ensure the safety and security of the American people, and to determine whether these threats are a part of any additional terrorist plotting,” Gibbs stated. While authorities are still investigating and religious centers are on high alert, a counterterrorism adviser said authorities have to presume there might be more potential mail bombs.

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