Gone are the days when two warring sides would meet in no-man’s land for a Christmas truce.

Iraqi officials are saying that suspected insurgents have confessed al-Qaida wants to launch attacks in the United States and Europe during Christmas. Meanwhile, recent bombings in Sweden targeted Christmas shoppers, and a man was arrested in Oregon for trying to blow up a Christmas tree lighting ceremony.

Last year, a man tried to detonate a bomb hidden in his underwear to bring down a passenger plane on Christmas Day.

Just this week the FBI and Homeland Security Department issued a warning to law enforcement agencies to be wary of anything that could be related to terrorist plans.

Does the danger of terrorist attacks go up during Christmas because al-Qaida understands the holiday’s religious importance to Christians?


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