U.S. Says Bin Laden Directing Terror Plans

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Federal officials attributed terrorism plans for attacks in the U.S. directly to Osama bin Laden and his lieutenants, operating from hideouts suspected to be along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, says the New York Times. "What we know about this most recent information is that it is being directed from the seniormost levels of the Al Qaeda organization," said a senior official at a briefing for reporters. Counterterrorism officials have said for weeks that they are increasingly worried by intelligence suggesting that Al Qaeda wanted to carry out a significant terror attack on U.S. soil this year. In . . .

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