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Al Qaeda Spokesman Threatens Attacks Against Jews, Americans RULE

June 3, 2002

A spokesman for Al Qaeda has threatened that the terrorist organization is planning new attacks against "Americans and Jews." The statement, published June 2 in the pan-Arab newspaper Al-Hayat, is the latest in a series of Al Qaeda statements since September 11 threatening attacks against the United States and Jews.

"We confirm our continuation in working to attack Americans and Jews, and targeting them, both people and buildings," said the spokesman, Sulaiman Abu Gaith. "What will come to the Americans, God willing, won't be less than what has come. America should be ready and on high alert and fasten the seat belts, as with the will of God, we will come to them from where they didn't expect."

A former teacher and mosque preacher whose current whereabouts are unknown, Abu Gaith has served as a chief spokesman for Al Qaeda, whose leader, Osama bin Laden, has been identified as the prime suspect in the September 11 attacks.

Abu Gaith said the U.S. remains a target because of "what it does in regions of the Islamic world." He said the U.S. is "in partnership with Jews, the head of corruption and decay ... the reason behind all the injustice and oppression that befell on Muslims."

In a related development, a terrorist indicted as a co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing indicated that Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn were the original targets of the terrorist plot. Abdul Rahman Yasin made the statement in an interview on the CBS News program 60 Minutes.

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