Monday, April 26, 2004

Jordan says major al Qaeda plot disrupted

AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) -- Jordanian authorities said Monday they have broken up an alleged al Qaeda plot that would have unleashed a deadly cloud of chemicals in the heart of Jordan's capital, Amman.

The plot would have been more deadly than anything al Qaeda has done before, including the September 11 attacks, according to the Jordanian government.

Among the alleged targets were the U.S. Embassy, the Jordanian prime minister's office and the headquarters of Jordanian intelligence.

Sounds like al Qaeda may be looking at a little change of pace, eh? We've long been concerned about some sort of chemical attack and it would appear that those concerns are well founded. What I don't understand is this paragraph:

Officials said there is debate within the CIA and other U.S. agencies over whether the plotters were planning to kill innocent people using toxic chemicals.