- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 6, 2003

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6 (UPI) — The State Department on Thursday warned U.S. citizens abroad for the first time since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks of the potential for a terrorist strike on citizens and U.S. interests abroad involving chemical and biological weapons.

A worldwide caution issued Thursday says: "Terrorist actions may include, but are not limited to, suicide operations, assassinations or kidnappings. While conventional weapons such as explosive devices pose a more immediate threat in many areas overseas, terrorist use of non-conventional weapons, including chemical or biological agents, must be considered a growing threat."

The new warning was issued one day after Secretary of State Colin Powell presented detailed evidence that Iraq was in further material breach of a U.N. resolution requiring the country to disarm, airing in public for the first time detailed evidence of the country's mobile biological weapons labs, research into unmanned aerial vehicles and the mounting of sprayers on Soviet-made MiG fighters.

The warning is set to expire on May 4.

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