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Friday, November 4, 2016

Authorities on high alert on the reports al-Qaeda may be planning to launch multiple attacks on US presidential election day

American authorities are on high alert following reports that al-Qaeda may be planning to launch attacks on US soil on the day of the presidential election.

Law enforcement agencies in the states of New York, Texas and Virginia are bolstering their security presence after intelligence warned that they may be targets for attacks.

“The public should expect to continue to observe an increased law enforcement and security presence across communities in public places," an American intelligence source said.

Intelligence agencies have not been able to confirm the credibility of the reports of plots.  One official said this may have been an "attempt to inspire someone here to mount an attack".

Millions of Americans are set to take to polling stations around the country on November 8 to cast their votes in the most divisive presidential elections in living memory. 

Although much attention has shifted to the threat posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant,  the al Qaeda network has shown resilience more than 15 years after it was responsible for the September 11 attacks on New York and the Pentagon. 

Last month, the US carried out strikes in Afghanistan targeting two of al Qaeda's senior leaders in the country. The group's Yemen branch has posed a risk to merchant ships in waterways nearby. 

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