The Province [Vancouver, B.C] 24 June 2001: A12.
"WASHINGTON -- All U.S. navy ships in the Persian Gulf were ordered to sea this weekend after the Pentagon received "credible information regarding an imminent terrorist threat."
The U.S. government warned American citizens around the world of threats from terrorists.
It is believed the threats came from the Osama bin Laden terrorist group, which is suspected in the suicide bomb attack last fall that crippled the destroyer USS Cole and killed 17 sailors.
The order moved the state of alert for U.S. armed forces in the Mideast up to "Threat Con Delta" -- its highest level -- and resulted in troops being pulled out of Jordan and ships out of Bahrain.
Of greater concern than responsibility for [the USS Cole] attack is the strong suggestion that al-Qaeda, as bin Laden's group is called, is about to embark on a new offensive. In the video, injured Muslims are shown in Chechnya, Iraq, Lebanon, Indonesia and Kashmir. Bin Laden appeals to his brethren living in countries that are "allied to Jews and Christians" to join his fighters and prepare a "holy war"."
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