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U.S. Department of Homeland Security  


Office of the Press Secretary
October 18, 2003

Statement from the Department of homeland security on Al-Qaeda Threats

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) continues to coordinate with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other Federal agencies in monitoring terrorist activities. The recent Al-Qaeda tape continues to emphasize that the United States remains their Number One target.

On October 10, 2003, the DHS and FBI released a joint Information Bulletin to all state and local authorities including elements of the private sector advising them that recent multiple reports indicate terrorists may be poised to conduct simultaneous attacks in the near term against US interests in a number of venues overseas and possibly in the United States. The exact timing, targets, and locations of the possible attacks are unknown. Some reports indicate that a large attack could follow a series of smaller operations in the Middle East and South Asia. The Information Bulletin was provided to sustain the awareness of appropriate state and local authorities and the private sector responsible for security of critical infrastructure and other potential target sets.

The United States remains at Threat Level Yellow, Elevated, and encourages all state and local authorities and Americans to remain vigilant in our war against terrorism.