No Holiday for al-Qaeda

European investigators are worried that the year-end holiday season will bring another round of al-Qaeda terrorism. Several major year-end assaults have been averted over the past few years, including "millennium bomber" Ahmed Ressam's foiled plot against the Los Angeles airport in 1999 and "shoe bomber" Richard Reid's bungled effort to bring down a Paris-to-Miami jet last Dec. 22. "Al-Qaeda has attempted attacks during the holiday season since 1999," says a French official, "and we have to assume it'll be the same this year." That concern was reflected in a series of sweeps last week in France.

Among those detained were eight...

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