Doug Bedell — February 23, 2012, 7:29 am

Six U.S. Terrorism ‘Hotspots’ Identified; Al Qaeda and Iran May be Planning A ‘Spectacular’ Attack on the West

Five U.S. counties accounted for “nearly a third of all terrorist attacks on American soil from 1970 to 2008,” advises a study by University of Maryland researchers. They are Manhattan with 343 attacks; Los Angeles (156); Miami-Dade (103); San Francisco (99) and Washington, D.C. (79).

The study also identifies other “hot spot” locales – “any county hit by terrorism more than six times from 1970 to 2008. 2,600 incidents classified as terrorists acts have occurred nationwide between 1970 and 2008, the study also advises.

Security officials will also be interested to learn that Al Qaeda and Iran may be planning a “spectacular” attack on the West. The two aren’t “natural allies,” but al-Qaeda is said to “desperately” want to avenge the death of Osama bin Laden.

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