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Saturday, October 07, 2006

This Week's National Terror Alert Headlines

This Week's Headline Summary Courtesy of National Terror Alert Response Center

Shots Fired Along North Korean Border-Tensions Mount

Gunfire rang out Saturday along the heavily armed no man’s land separating the divided Koreas, as regional tensions mounted in anticipation of communist North Korea’s plan to test its first atomic bomb.

South Korean soldiers fired about 40 shots as a warning after five North Korean soldiers crossed a boundary in the Demilitarized Zone separating the two country’s forces, South Korean military officials said.Read More

UN Issues Final Warning To North Korea
JOHN BOLTON: We think that the main point is that North Korea should understand how strongly the United States and many other Council members feel that they should not test this nuclear device, and that if they do test it, it will be a
very different world, the day after the test.Read More
Al Qaeda's New Generation Unknown To U.S. Intelligence

The new generation of Al Qaeda remains secret and unknown to international intelligence services, an Al Qaeda website last week reported. Islamic writer Uways Bradley wrote Sept. 22 on a Global Islamic Media Front website that Al Qaeda was expanding worldwide and has not been diminished by U.S.-led counterterrorism efforts.

“Al Qaeda is here to stay,” he said, noting that many members of the first generation Al Qaeda are known to “Crusaders” and their followers. However, the next generation of Al Qaeda is still secret. Read More

Seizures Of Radioactive Materials Fuel Dirty Bomb Fears

Seizures of smuggled radioactive material capable of making a terrorist “dirty bomb” have doubled in the past four years, according to official figures seen by The Times.
Smugglers have been caught trying to traffic dangerous radioactive material more than 300 times since 2002, statistics from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) show. Most of the incidents are understood to have occurred in Europe.

The disclosures come as al-Qaeda is known to be intensifying its efforts to obtain a radioactive device. Last year, Western security services, including MI5 and MI6, thwarted 16 attempts to smuggle plutonium or uranium. On two occasions small quantities of highly enriched uranium were reported missing. All were feared to have been destined for terror groups. Read More

Feds Indict Pa. Man On Terror Charges

From The Philadelphia Inquirer - A federal grand jury charged a Wilkes-Barre man yesterday with offering to help al-Qaeda blow up oil pipelines and refineries, a plot he allegedly hatched in a Yahoo chat room bearing Osama Bin Laden’s initials. A federal grand jury indicted a man on charges of offering to help al-Qaeda blow up fuel facilities in at least three states.

Michael Curtis Reynolds was charged in U.S. District Court in Scranton Tuesday with two counts of providing material support for a terrorist organization and two counts of seeking to take part in the destruction of property used in interstate or foreign commerce. Reynolds was already awaiting trial in the case on two counts of unlawful possession of a firearm or an explosive device. Read More

DPRK Test Site Activity Detected
The United States has detected activity at potential test sites in North Korea indicating possible preparations for a nuclear test, a US defense official said on Wednesday, as China urged restraint after the country said it planned a nuclear test. Read More

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