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Source Says al-Qaida May Poison US Water Supply

Source Says al-Qaida May Poison US Water Supply

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(Cairo, Egypt-AP) -- There's a report that al-Qaida may be considering the use of Sarin nerve gas to poison U-S water supplies.

The report comes from a Saudi-owned Arabic-language magazine (al-Majalla), which quoted e-mails from a man believed to be a senior member of the terrorist group.

A U-S counterterrorism official, speaking on condition of anonymity, says the report is something that will be taken seriously.

But scientists say it would be difficult, if not impossible, to deliver a fatal dose of Sarin through the water supply.

The magazine also quoted the e-mails as threatening attacks against Israelis abroad. They also said that elements of al-Qaida were fighting alongside Iraqis against coalition forces.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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