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Al-Qaida planned to bomb the U.S. Embassy in Turkey, as well as a synagogue and other targets, Turkish police said on Thursday. Authorities said a February raid on the houses of two al-Qaida cells led to the discovery of 50 pounds of plastic explosives with detonation systems attached, as well as six laptop computers and other evidence, The New York Times reports.
Twelve people — two Chechens, two Azeris and eight Turks — were arrested, the Times reports. According to the Times, forensic analysis of the computers and other documents showed plans for bomb attacks on the embassy in Ankara, the private Rahmi M. Koc Museum, and a synagogue in Istanbul.
Recently, on Nov. 1 in Green Bay, Wis., Obama said, “Thanks to sacrifice and service of our brave men and women in uniform, the war in Iraq is over, the war in Afghanistan is winding down, al Qaeda has been decimated, Osama bin Laden is dead.”
A Syrian rebel group's pledge of allegiance to al-Qaeda's replacement for Osama bin Laden suggests that the terrorist group's influence is not waning and that it may take a greater role in the Western-backed fight to topple Syrian President Bashar Assad.