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Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:44 PM

US officials: Core al-Qaida 'essentially gone'

Source: AP-Excite

By KIMBERLY DOZIER

WASHINGTON (AP) - A year after the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks is essentially gone but its affiliates remain a threat to America, U.S. counterterrorist officials say.

Core al-Qaida's new leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, still aspires to attack the U.S., but his Pakistan-based group is scrambling to survive, under fire from CIA drone strikes and lying low for fear of another U.S. raid. That has lessened the threat of another complex attack like a nuclear dirty bomb or a biological weapon, the officials say.

Al-Qaida's loyal offshoots are still dangerous, especially Yemen's al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP. While not yet able to carry out complex attacks inside the U.S., such groups are capable of hitting Western targets overseas and are building armies and expertise while plotting violence, according to senior U.S. counterterrorist officials who briefed reporters Friday.

"Each will seek opportunities to strike Western interests in its operating area, but each group will have different intent and ability to execute those plans," said Robert Cardillo, a deputy director at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. The other officials were authorized to speak only on condition of anonymity.


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This is an undated file photo shows al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in Afghanistan. A year after the Navy SEAL raid that killed Osama bin Laden, the al-Qaida that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks is essentially gone but its affiliates remain a threat to America, U.S. intelligence officials say. (AP Photo)

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:49 PM

1. They were only ever anything, because Bush was so weak.

Republican weakness strengthened them.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:52 PM

2. Isn't that what some big-wig Republican claimed ...

right before they set the "threat level" to orange?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 09:53 PM

3. Sadly, the relatives of hundreds of thousands of civilians killed in our folly are still seething

Many with nothing left to lose. It may not have been great in Iraq but it wasn't the hell we made it now.

Afghanistan on the other hand was always close to being hell but then we haven't won there either.

Who would have thought given the history of invaders of that country that we would not succeed. Answer: Almost anyone who could think and read.

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2012, 10:06 PM

4. "...the al-Qaida that carried out the Sept. 11 attacks is essentially gone..."

 

....at what cost per head to the American taxpayer have they been eliminated?

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Response to Omaha Steve (Original post)

Sun Apr 29, 2012, 09:59 AM

5. Al Qaeda is not Al Qaeda without the Saudi oil billionaire money

...that made them so tragically successful.
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AQ is now a brand name:

Al-Qaida's loyal offshoots are still dangerous, especially Yemen's al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, or AQAP. While not yet able to carry out complex attacks inside the U.S., such groups are capable of hitting Western targets overseas and are building armies and expertise while plotting violence, according to senior U.S. counterterrorist officials who briefed reporters Friday.

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