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Al-Qaeda Releases US “Hit List” (Photo)

will they start in the center and work their way out?

Al-Qaeda released a hit list of US officials, military and business leaders. The Islamic terror group is urging members to take these officials out at their homes and work.
FOX News reported:

The Department of Homeland Security has sent out an internal alert warning that jihadist websites last week posted a “hit list” of American executives, officials and companies — an alarming development that could mark the start of a new phase in terror plots.

The list, which covers dozens of names connected to the Iraq war, including executives at Halliburton and KBR, was compiled by users who vowed to “send explosive mail” to the “best target.” The lists were published online around the same time American-born Al Qaeda spokesman Adam Gadahn released a video in which he called on Muslims in the U.S. to kill Americans.

“While we have no information of any imminent terrorist threat to the United States or any U.S. persons, as always, we urge federal, state and local law enforcement, as well as the general public, to maintain increased vigilance for indications of preoperational or suspicious activity,” Ortman said.

He confirmed that the list of names and companies “that the user believed were legitimate targets” prompted the initial “Open Source Information Report” from DHS’ intelligence office last week. Ortman said the threats were also cited in a June 9 DHS-FBI “intelligence note” that went out to “federal, state, local, tribal and private sector partners.”

The full breadth of the online discussion is actually worse than it is portrayed in the original DHS report. Though the report mostly referred to potential private-sector targets named on the thread early last week, Shumukh posts obtained by FoxNews.com show the jihadist discussion has stretched into this week. Subsequent posts after the report went out included discussion of numerous government officials, as well as media figures.

The extensive file started with a post from someone identified as Al-Assad Al-Thaer urging supporters to compile the list of executives and officials who supported the “war on our nation,” calling them part of the “Zionist Crusaders Alliance.” The post said the list would then be screened by “the leaders of Jihad” to determine where to attack.

“After that, we will generate detailed reports such as home addresses, phone numbers, and regular address where we will send explosive mail to,” the post said, according to the bulletin.

From there, contributors posted dozens of photos and names, ranging from U.S. military leaders to foreign officials to more contractors. It’s unclear from the meandering discussion whether the contributors have since sought to prioritize their sprawling list.

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/06/16/feds-send-alert-after-al-qaeda-linked-site-posts-hit-list-us-targets/#ixzz1PTlZfkJF


Added: Jun-16-2011 Occurred On: Jun-16-2011
By: star53
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