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U.S. Inspectors Screen Muslim Ports

Thursday, 12 June 2003 12:00 AM

The inspectors will be provided with radiation monitors, chemical detectors and other equipment to inspect "high-risk" metal cargo containers before they are placed on ships bound for the United States, the New York Times reported.

Officials said the Department of Homeland Security planned to place teams of inspectors that would remain indefinitely in Dubai, Malaysia, Turkey and other Muslim nations. Al-Qaeda is believed to have a sizable presence in Dubai and Malaysia.

Intelligence agencies report al-Qaeda has repeatedly used cargo ships to move conventional weapons and explosives, including the explosives used in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa.

More than 6 million containers arrive in the United States each year.

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