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Posted: 5/16/2003 5:08:49 PM EDT
I think someone is pissed that they have been getting their asses kicked.

[url=http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=515&e=1&u=/ap/20030517/ap_on_re_af/morocco_explosions] Casablanca Bombings[/url]

At Least 20 Die in Casablanca Bombings
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RABAT, Morocco - Four explosions tore through the coastal city of Casablanca Friday, leaving at least 20 people dead and many others wounded, Moroccan security officials said.

A U.S. official said the blasts occurred near a synagogue. "No U.S. government facility was targeted," U.S. State Department spokesman Joanne Moore said in Washington.

Moroccan security officials said there were burnt-out vehicles at the four sites near consulates and restaurants in the center of the city, Morocco's economic center.

It was not immediately clear who was behind the attacks.

The blasts came just four days after a series of suicide bombings in the Saudi capital, Riyadh, killed 34 people at three foreigners' housing compounds.

Morocco has been a staunch U.S. ally, but expressed regret that a peaceful solution could not be found in the Iraq (news - web sites) crisis.

The Moroccan public turned out in large numbers for anti-war protests against the Iraq war, including one in the capital, Rabat, in March that drew 200,000 people.

King Mohammed VI has expressed concern the war could rouse the country's Islamic fundamentalist movement.

Earlier Friday, U.S. counterterrorism officials in Washington had warned of a coordinated effort by Osama bin Laden (news - web sites)'s al-Qaida network to strike lightly defended targets worldwide, citing the bombings earlier this week in Saudi Arabia as well as threats in Africa and Asia.

U.S. and British authorities had warned of threats in East Africa, particularly Kenya, and in southeast Asia, particularly Malaysia. U.S. officials also received an unconfirmed report that a possible terrorist attack may occur in the western Saudi city of Jiddah.

Al-Qaida has suffered serious blows in recent months, including the capture of alleged Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. But senior al-Qaida leaders were thought to be hiding in Pakistan, Afghanistan (news - web sites) and Iran, U.S. officials said.
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