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January 23, 2014

Israel says it foiled al-Qaida plot on U.S. Embassy

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JERUSALEM —

A number of al-Qaida-inspired groups have carried out rocket attacks from Gaza and Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, as well as shootings in the West Bank. Israeli intelligence calls these groups part of a “global jihad” movement.

Aviv Oreg, a former head of the Israeli military intelligence unit that tracks al-Qaida, said the plot marked the first time it has been directly linked to an attempted attack in Israel.

“This is the first time that Ayman al-Zawahri was directly involved,” he said. “For them, it would have been a great achievement.”

The Shin Bet said the three suspects made contact with al-Qaida over the Internet. It said they planned on traveling to Syria — where various jihadist groups are battling the forces of President Bashar Assad — for training.

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