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Al Qaeda publication lists Air Force Academy as potential target

AFA on Al Qaeda's radar

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. - A recent article in a magazine published by Al Qaeda suggests the Air Force Academy as a possible target for future attacks.

The online magazine is called "Palestine-Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience."

The Air Force Academy was mentioned along with New York's Times Square and casinos and night clubs in Las Vegas as potential targets for "lone-wolf" terror attacks.

The Academy told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that it will not discuss security matters, but that it is aware of the threat. An Academy spokesperson released the following statement:

"We are aware that the Air Force Academy is mentioned in a recent online publication.  We remain vigilant and maintain all the appropriate protocols of a military installation to include force protection and being cognizant of existing and emerging threats. Our primary concern is always the security and the safety of the cadets, our personnel and  the thousands of visitors who come to USAFA every year."

Joe Duarte's nephew is a cadet at the Academy and is concerned about the threat.

"We can't take it for granted, we gotta take it seriously," Duarte said.

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