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Iraqi security forces disrupted a 9/11-style plot by al Qaeda in Iraq to fly hijacked planes into Shiite religious shrines, Iraqi and U.S. officials said Wednesday.
Iraqi security officials said they temporarily shut down at least two airports and have arrested two men - one of the intended pilots and an airport worker - suspected in the plot, which appeared aimed at undermining the country's stability while U.S. troops prepare to go home.
Intel was able to gather info on the attack and move fast to prevent and arrest. Security forces were able to stop al-Qaida from hijacking a civilian aircraft that took off from Najaf airport. The plane was to head for Imam Ali shrine according to media reports.