Al-Qaida has sent a message to its network of sleeper agents in the Persian Gulf.
Gulf intelligence sources said a taped message by al-Qaida leader Osama Bin Laden was intended to send orders to sleepers to carry out one or more unspecified attacks in the Gulf Cooperation Council states. The main target is believed to be Kuwait, the sources said.
"We believe this was directed at al-Qaida's large sleeper network in Kuwait to move into action," an intelligence source said. "There's nothing more specific than this."
Over the weekend, Bin Laden's message was broadcast over the Doha-based Al-Jazeera satellite channel. The recording warned of fresh attacks against the United States and its allies in Iraq. Bin Laden named only one Arab country, Kuwait.
"Islamic countries that take part will not be excluded," Bin Laden said. "This applies particularly to the Gulf states, particularly Kuwait, a launching pad for the crusader forces."