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EU Countries Track Terrorist Plots

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Mark Wilson, right, Colleen LaRose’s defense attorney, speaks to members of the media Thursday outside the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia. LaRose, who authorities say dubbed herself “Jihad Jane” online, pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court to a four-count indictment charging her in an overseas terrorist plot.

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Mark Wilson, right, Colleen LaRose’s defense attorney, speaks to members of the media Thursday outside the U.S. Courthouse in Philadelphia. LaRose, who authorities say dubbed herself “Jihad Jane” online, pleaded not guilty Thursday in federal court to a four-count indictment charging her in an overseas terrorist plot.

This morning, security officials in several European countries are tracking possible terrorist plots with Islamic connections.

The alleged plots include commando style raids and hostage taking.

CBS News correspondent Mark Phillips is in London with the latest:

Security agencies are calling the threat a 'credible, islamist-linked terror plot' -- but they have said the no attack was imminent and, with one exception, the terror threat level has not been raised.

The only actual evidence of any increased terror threat has been in France, where there have been a series of security alerts including at the Eiffel Tower. The terror threat level HAS been raised in France, which fears a backlash from north African militants over attempts to ban the wearing of Burkas by Muslem women.

Britain and Germany have also been named as potential targets, but terror threat levels have not been raised.

The alledged plots are said to have been modeled on the attacks in Mumbai India two years ago in which commando style terrorists from Pakistan attacked public places killing more than one-hundred-and-seventy people.

This recently plot -- security sources say -- has been foiled by the increased use of unmanned drone strikes on terror cells in Pakistan as well. Known leading figures of al-qaeda groups have reportedly been targetted.

There are inconsistencies in this story -- particularly in France -- where security alerts have been prompted by phoned-in bomb threats. Normally, Al-qaeda doesn't do warnings.

One added ingredient in the terror story today is the arrest in Spain of a man suspected of financing al-Qaeda in North Africa. He's a US citizen of Algerian origin named Mohamed Omar Debhi and Spain has been trying to nab him for two years. MP CBS News London.

Secretary of State Hilary Clinton's Comments:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton declined to comment on specifics Wednesday (09/29) about a growing terror plot in Europe that has authorities in England, France and Germany on alert. Though described as being in the early stages, Clinton said U.S. and its allies continue to be concerned that al-Qaeda is planning attacks against Europe and U.S. targets.

"We know that al-Qaida and its network of terrorists wishes to attack both European and U.S. targets. We continue to work very closely with our European allies on the threat from international terrorism, including the role that al-Qaida continues to play. And information is routinely shared between the U.S. and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, strengthen our defenses against potential threats. This is, as you might very well conclude, one of the principal objectives and certainly one of the most time-consuming efforts that any of us in this Administration are engaged in on an hourly basis."

On Tuesday (09/28) the Eiffel Tower in Paris was briefly evacuated after an unspecified threat. Clinton said she could not comment on the intelligence authorities had about the threat, saying doing so would undermine intelligence operations.

"With regard to the intelligence reports of threats, we are not going to comment on specific intelligence, as doing so threatens to undermine intelligence operations that are critical in protecting the United States and our allies."

But the Secretary said she wanted Americans know that the U.S. government and its allies are committed to investigating possible threats.

"I want Americans to know how focused we all are in the government and how committed we are not only in protecting our own country, but in protecting our friends and allies."


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