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FBI warns terrorists may strike

SUMMARY:

The FBI Monday night issued a terrorist alert for authorities to be on the lookout for two men -- from either Yemen or Saudi Arabia -- and about a dozen associates who may be planning an attack on U.S. interests in the United States or Yemen as early as Tuesday.

A senior U.S. law enforcement official told CNN the information was viewed as credible because of the specificity of those allegedly involved in a plot.

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U.S. military investigators are testing "forensic evidence" to try to determine whether any al Qaeda leaders were killed in a U.S. airstrike in eastern Afghanistan last week. U.S. officials said there is no indication that Osama bin Laden was in the convoy that a U.S. missile hit, but they said they can't rule out that possibility. (Full story)

The Pentagon is investigating allegations that Afghan villagers captured in a raid last month north of Kandahar may have been mistreated, and possibly beaten, by U.S. forces. Also, the first court appearance of three men arrested in connection with the kidnapping of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl was postponed Monday. Pentagon Rear Adm. John Stufflebeem said that so far there is no information to indicate the detainees were mistreated by U.S. forces. (Full story)

The agency responsible for overseeing the enforcement of OSHA regulations on Capitol Hill is launching an investigation to determine if the process of irradiating mail to protect against potential anthrax attacks is making workers sick. Dozens of House and Senate staffers have complained of feeling sick after handling mail.

A C-141 cargo plane carrying 34 detainees from Afghanistan arrived Monday at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, bringing the number of suspected Taliban and al Qaeda fighters there to 254. There were only 66 vacancies remaining at Camp X-Ray until a permanent facility is completed. The Pentagon said 209 Afghan war detainees remain in U.S. custody in Afghanistan.

U.S. officials at Guantanamo Bay took four Cubans into custody after they entered the highly secure base and went to the facility housing journalists reporting on Camp X-Ray. Authorities would not comment about the arrests or how the four Cubans could have gotten onto the base at a time when security is so tight.

The United States is interested in establishing a long-term military presence in Central Asia to help with the rebuilding of Afghanistan as well as helping democracy grow in the region, Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs Beth Jones said Monday. She stressed, however, that the United States is not interested in establishing permanent military bases there. (Full story)

President Bush called Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Salih on Monday to thank him for Yemen's cooperation in fighting terror and tracking down the bombers of the USS Cole, a spokesman for Salih said Monday. Security forces in Yemen are seeking two top al Qaeda operatives in connection with the October 2000 bombing that killed 17 U.S. sailors.

A Pakistani judge postponed a hearing in the Pearl kidnapping case so he could seek clarification of a new anti-terrorism law. Police detained the men last week in connection with e-mails purportedly sent by the kidnappers. (Full story)

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of Tehran, Iran, on Monday to protest President Bush's State of the Union address in which he called Iran -- along with Iraq and North Korea -- part of an "axis of evil" that supports terrorism. Iranians also were marking the 23rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.

More than 300 former Taliban foot soldiers are returning to their homes in southern Afghanistan after the interim Afghan government released them. The government gave each man a small sum of money, and 220 of the freed prisoners also received funds from the International Committee of the Red Cross after registering with the agency. (Full story)

Bacha Khan, ousted governor of Paktia province, vowed Monday to fight to retake control of the eastern Afghanistan area, underscoring the fragile nature of peace after the Taliban's fall. (Full story)

KEY QUESTIONS:

Were top al Qaeda leaders killed in last week's U.S. airstrike?

Should the United States negotiate for Pearl's release?

WHO'S WHO:

Osama bin Laden: A wealthy Saudi expatriate whom U.S. authorities cite as the suspected mastermind in the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Daniel Pearl: A 38-year-old reporter for The Wall Street Journal who was abducted January 23 in Karachi, Pakistan. A group calling itself the National Movement for the Restoration of Pakistani Sovereignty claims it is holding him and is threatening to kill him unless the United States meets its demands to release Pakistanis captured in the U.S. war on terror.

George W. Bush: U.S. president



 
 
 
 



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