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U.S. Senator Warns of Terror Attacks by Groups Other Than Al Qaeda

Xinhuanet 2002-05-21 03:32:02
   WASHINGTON, May 20 (Xinhuanet) -- A U.S. senator warned on Monday
that groups other than Al Qaeda could launch terrorist attacks on
the U.S.
   "Our enemy is not al Qaeda alone," Senator Bob Graham, the U.S.
Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, told NBC's "Today" show. "
We don't want to just be focused on al Qaeda in Afghanistan."
   "There are several international terrorist groups which have
abilities, in some cases greater abilities than al Qaeda, and a
similar desire to attack the United States," he said.
   Graham particularly mentioned Lebanon's Hizbollah and Egypt's
Islamic Jihad, saying the two groups have the capability and
desire to attack the United States.
   The Democrat from Florida also said another terrorist attack on
the U.S. was almost certain.
   "We are such an open society; there are so many vulnerabilities,
" he said. "And our opponents are so violent and have such a
strong desire to strike out against Americans and American
institutions that they will most likely find the means of doing so.
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    U.S. Vice President Dick Chenney said on Sunday that it is
almost certain that al-Qaeda networks would attack U.S. targets
again although it is unclear when and where the attacks might
occur.
   U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Robert Mueller
also warned on Monday that walk-in suicide bombers like those in
Israel will inevitably hit the United States.
   "I think we will see that in the future, I think it's
inevitable," Mueller said.   Enditem 

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