WASHINGTON - New intelligence indicates that Osama bin Laden is enlisting Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, his top operative in Iraq, to plan potential attacks on the United States, U.S. officials said Monday.
Al-Zarqawi has been involved in attacks in the Middle East but has not been known to have set his sights on U.S. soil.
The Homeland Security Department issued a classified bulletin to officials over the weekend about the intelligence, which spokesman Brian Roehrkasse described as "credible but not specific." The intelligence was obtained over the past several weeks, officials said.
I think this indicates that Bin Laden is giving up on Iraq and is trying to return to the headlines after months of marginalization. His one and great success, the one that made him a hero to jihadists everywhere, was a successful strike at the "far enemy" [the American homeland]. If that's the case, we are winning and winning big. She Who Shall Not Be Named, however, finds the report terrifying.