New accounts from al-Qaeda to attack the U.S.
with weapons of mass destruction
A key al-Qaeda operative seized in
Pakistan recently offered an alarming account of the group's
potential plans to target the U.S. with weapons of mass destruction,
senior U.S. security officials tell TIME. Sharif al-Masri, an
Egyptian who was captured in late August near Pakistan's border
with Iran and Afghanistan, has told his interrogators of "al-Qaeda's
interest in moving nuclear materials from Europe to either the
U.S. or Mexico," according to a report circulating among
U.S. government officials.