Rita Katz, Director of the SITE Institute, was quoted in today?s NY Post discussing the latest propaganda efforts of al-Qaeda and its supporters. The SITE Institute provided much of the research for the article, which can be read in its entirety by clicking on the Source link below.
CHILLING NEW WEB THREATS
By NILES LATHEM
December 24, 2003 -- WASHINGTON - Alarming messages published on known al Qaeda Web sites are claiming the terror network is about to launch its biggest strikes ever - and are warning Muslims to leave the cities of New York, Washington and Los Angeles.
The statements monitored by U.S. government agencies, as well as by a Washington-based terrorist research group, are part of the alarming increase in "chatter" among terrorist operatives in recent weeks that played a role in the Bush administration's decision to raise the nation's threat alert to high (orange).
Counterterrorism expert Rita Katz, director of the SITE Institute, said her organization has recently found and translated statements on al Qaeda Web site Al-Lewa - Arabic for "The Banner" - that are promising new attacks on U.S. soil in the coming weeks.
Katz said a posting two weeks ago quoted an al Qaeda spokesman identified as Abu Issam al-Yamani as saying, "The next al Qaeda attacks will be most violent and will target the U.S." and urged Muslims "to leave the country if they don't wish to die as a result of a Jihadist operation."
A second message was posted on the same Web site last Thursday, from a group calling itself the Islamic Bayan Movement.