Washington (CNN) -- Iraqi authorities have shared information obtained from captured insurgents who claim al Qaeda is planning suicide attacks in the United States and Europe during the Christmas holiday season, according to a U.S. official.
The official said the threat report is being taken seriously, but there is no intelligence indicating there is a specific or credible threat against the U.S. homeland. But the official added al Qaeda in Iraq remains a dangerous force.
The official indicated the United States remains vigilant especially during the holidays in light of what happened last Christmas, a reference to the failed attempt to blow up an airliner over Detroit.
Another US official said, "we are looking closely" at the information coming from Iraq.