Intense manhunt underway for Al-Qaeda operatives; audio of bin Laden released
Updated: May 19, 2011 - 09:35 am
U.S. officials say they found the names of suspected Al-Qaeda operatives in the treasure trove of data seized from Osama bin Laden’s compound. Also, an audio taping believed to be of the terror leader was released to the media arm of Al-Qaeda.
In the recorded message to his supporters, bin Laden said, “My Muslim people, we watch closely what is going on in the world today. We rejoice with your rejoicing and your pride."
Officials believe the audio tape is part of massive amounts of information collected by Navy SEALS during the Pakistan raid, including the list of names of Al-Qaeda operatives.
“I believe that they're under a lot of pressure to resolve and identify these people as quickly as possible,” said Brad Garrett, Former FBI agent.
A CIA task force is working around the clock and an international manhunt is now underway to see if any operatives have entered the United States.
According to ABC News, there are references to plots on U.S. soils, including a push for an attack on or before the 10th anniversary of September 11.
Former FBI agents say attacks tend to take several months to plan - 9/11 took two years to conceive and execute.
It’s unclear is plans for a violent plot against the U.S. is already in motion, but ABC News reports there’s no hard evidence of an imminent attack.
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