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RESPONSE TO TERROR | IN BRIEF / JORDAN

Report: Nation Thwarted Two Al Qaeda Attacks

November 19, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Jordan has thwarted at least two attacks planned by agents linked to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network, Time magazine reported.

Time quoted unnamed senior Jordanian officials as saying they arrested three men accused of plotting to bomb two resort hotels in Jordan after intercepting a phone call in which a Bin Laden lieutenant mentioned a "big wedding"--suspected code for an attack.

Those arrests came a few days before the Sept. 11 attacks by suicide hijackers on New York and the Pentagon, Time said.

Last month, according to Time, Jordanian officials uncovered a plot to blow up the U.S., British and Jordanian embassies in Beirut.

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