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Intel chair: Qaeda dead set on U.S. attacks

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Last month's killing of Osama bin Laden hasn't cut down on al Qaeda's drive to carry out terror attacks within the United States, according to the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

The chairman, Republican Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers, issued such a warning in an article posted to ABC News' website Thursday about the terror network's Yemeni chapter, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

"Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is strictly, or has been strictly focused on attacks in the U.S. homeland," Rogers told ABC. "This morning, when you're over your breakfast cereal there is somebody in Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula planning another attack in the U.S."

In the files that U.S. Navy SEALs recovered from bin Laden's Pakistani compound May 2, the intelligence community found further information that bin Laden urged his supporters to carry out attacks within U.S. borders, ABC reported.

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Last week, The Associated Press reported that bin Laden supported the Yemeni group's focus on smaller operations. According to bin Laden's private journal, he had urged Qaeda operatives to broaden its focus of U.S. targets to include smaller cities and other means of mass transportation such as trains instead of commercial airliners, the AP reported.

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has been linked to three specific incidents in the past two years: the Fort Hood shooting massacre allegedly carried out by Army psychologist Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the attempted bombing of a commercial airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day and the foiled plot to detonate bombs hidden inside computer printers on planes over the United States.

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  • Alex Sundby

    Alex Sundby is an associate news editor for CBSNews.com