America on alert over terrorism threat

Simon Mann
The Sydney Morning Herald
February 11, 2011

The threat of terrorism against the US was possibly at its highest level since the September 11, 2001, attacks, according to a grim assessment by the Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano.

Al-Qaeda remained at the core of concerns, particularly on the Arabian Peninsula and via US-born Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, now based in Yemen. But al-Qaeda-inspired local groups and homegrown radicals were augmenting that threat, Ms Napolitano said.

”We have made many important strides in securing our country from terrorism since 9/11, but the threat continues to evolve,” she told the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee.

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