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U.S. Reveals New Intelligence on al-Qaida

February 28, 2005

WASHINGTON (AP) _ New intelligence indicates al-Qaida is moving forward on terror operations outside of Iraq, officials said Monday, but the U.S. was not planning on raising its national alert level.

The Homeland Security Department described the intelligence, intercepted over the past several weeks, as ``credible but not specific.″

However, it ``reiterates the desire by al-Qaida and its associates to target the homeland,″ said Homeland Security spokesman Brian Roehrkasse.

A U.S. counterterrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the ``very vague″ information alluded to moving forward on planning for operations outside of Iraq. It did not refer to any time, place or location.

The Homeland Security Department issued a classified bulletin to officials over the weekend about the intelligence, Roehrkasse said.

``The intelligence continues to be analyzed by the intelligence community and all appropriate information will be passed on to homeland security partners,″ Roehrkasse said. ``The department has no plans at this time to raise the threat level based on this nonspecific information.″

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