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Al Qaeda issues new warning

From the "Wolf Blitzer Reports" staff

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two weeks after U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft warned of a possible attack on U.S. interests, two Islamic Web sites have posted a grim message.

It declares that all compounds, bases and means of transport, especially Western and U.S. airlines, will be targets for what it called operations in the near future.

The message warns Muslims not to mingle with Westerners, and to avoid using modes of transportation used by Westerners.

It was attributed to what it described as al Qaeda leaders in the Arabian Peninsula and criticizes Saudi Arabia's government for its ties with Washington.

Saudi Arabia has been the site in recent months of a number of attacks blamed on Islamic militants, including a hostage standoff in Khobar late last month that ended in 22 deaths.

Just this past weekend, an attack in Riyadh killed an Irish journalist and wounded a British television reporter.

The United States remains on a yellow terror alert the midpoint on the five-level scale, indicating there's a significant risk of terror attacks.


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