U.S. lowers Al Qaida threat level
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Friday, April 18, 2003
The United States has lowered the threat level of an Al
The Homeland Security Department has lowered the threat advisory level
on terrorist attacks in the United States from orange, to yellow. Orange
signifies a high level of threat while yellow is an elevated threat.
Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge said the threat level was lowered
after a review of intelligence and an assessment of threats by the
intelligence community. Ridge said the threat of an insurgency attack
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"While we continue to be at risk to the threat of terrorism at an
elevated level, extensive protective measures remain in place
throughout our nation," Ridge said. "We must be vigilant and alert to the
possibility that Al Qaida and those sympathetic to their cause, as well as
former Iraqi-regime state agents and affiliated organizations, may attempt
to conduct attacks against the U.S. or our interests abroad."
U.S. officials said the reduction in the threat level reflects the
elimination of terrorist groups based in Iraq. They said this includes Al
Qaida fighters and training facilities in northern Iraq as well as the
Salman Pak training base near Baghdad.