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TA-THREATS: al-Qaeda Issues New Warnings. Western Airliners Targeted

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posted on Jun, 7 2004 @ 12:10 PM
A message issued by "Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula" today warned Muslims to stay away from western forms of transportation, especially American airliners. This warning was posted on several Arabic newsgroups, and was posted by an individual that has previously provided accurate information about upcoming al-Qaeda activities. The group mentioned in the attack threat is responsible for the recent attacks against Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

Assiociated Press - Western Airliners May Be al-Qaida Target
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) -- A statement bearing Al-Qaida's name warned Monday that Western airliners will be the terror group's target. The statement appeared on an Islamics Web site known for posting messages from militants, including the video in which a terror group with al-Qaida links executed the American kidnapped in Iraq, Nick Berg.

The statement referred "crusaders" and warned "all that is affiliated with these crusaders - from compounds, bases and means of transport - especially Western and American airliners, will be direct targets of our next operations, with God's help."

Please visit the link provided for the complete story.

The message mentioned American and western airliners specifically, but also warned Muslims to avoid all western forms of transportation. Since terrorist have successfully used American airliners in the past, and given the amount of success that they had, this threat should not be overlooked. Airlines still remain one of the best weapons a terrorist can posses. Once captured and airborne, they are not restricted by fences, and the terrorist does not need to bring any explosives with him to carry out the act.

Still, airline security has become on of the main focus points for the Bush administration, and you can bet that capturing and delivering the airliner to it's target will be much more difficult than it was in the past.

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[edit on 7-6-2004 by dbates]

posted on Jun, 7 2004 @ 12:49 PM
Damn, dbates, you gotta be quick around here. My Reuters story was 5 minutes old when I saw it. Very interesting to note that tyrants of the Saudi government are also targets!

""We also warn security forces and guards of Crusader (Western) compounds and American bases and all those who stand with America, its agents...and the tyrants of the Saudi government, and urge them to repent," said the statement, signed by al Qaeda's Organization in the Arabian Peninsula."

the story continues

posted on Jun, 7 2004 @ 01:09 PM
Half of it is knowing where to look, and the other half is timing and luck.

I think al-Qaeda believes that the Saudi leadership is snuggled up too close to the U.S. What choice do they have? We're their biggest customer. So this may be the reason behind the recent attacks in Saudi Arabia. All of these threats are just threats, until one of them is completed. Then the cry will be, "But you had warnings!" So, we have to take them all very seriously.

posted on Jun, 7 2004 @ 01:20 PM
In the event they do hijack and airline they have a good chance of being shot down, if the jets make it in time. I could see buses being blown up in NYC.

posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 07:21 PM
If "they" really wanted to bring this country to a stand still, it could be done simply by placing timed explosives on gas tankers set to go off at rush hour in several major cities. Placed inside fire extingishers switched out at unguarded facilities at night. 7,000 gallons of unleaded in bumper to bumper traffic or at a gas station while refueling.

But it never happens.........why?.......because "they" are us. Why do "they" tell us everyday "we" are about to be attacked, yet it never comes. The tool they use is fear........fear to control the masses. And it works. The ends justifies the means.

posted on Jul, 6 2004 @ 07:32 PM

Originally posted by omega007
But it never happens.........why?.......because "they" are us. Why do "they" tell us everyday "we" are about to be attacked, yet it never comes. The tool they use is fear........fear to control the masses. And it works. The ends justifies the means.

That is exactly what I've been thinking with all these "warnings".

No matter if it is indeed al-Quada or a more close to home organisation that spreads the warnings. When there is a warning, it is extremely unlikely to happen.

Those terrorists aren't stuppid, far from. They know well enough that when they warn against something like this, their ability to succeed in an attack goes straight to near 0.

If and when another terrorist attack happens, it will be where noone expects it, totaly out of the blue and where it hurts the most.

I'm also starting to think that someone is spreading these "warnings" as a measure to make it so that planed attacks don't go trough, because the awareness level is hightend.

The big question then is. Who is really warning us?

The terrorists about attacks that'll never happen and aren't even planed, but the warning just serves to keep us scared?


The supposed "terrorists" warn us so that "fake" attacks are fumbled(read fake as writen of on "name your terrorist").


Our goverments that warns us against attacks that will happen by "name you terrorist" in the name of that terrorist?


Our goverments that warn us in name of "name your terrorist" without there ever being and actual plan for an attack, but to keep us all scared?

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