Tuesday, January 31, 2012

U.S. Intelligence Chief: Al Qaeda Will Continue To Fragment

Intelligence Chief Sees Al Qaeda Likely to Continue Fragmenting -- New York Times

WASHINGTON — The nation’s top intelligence official said on Tuesday that continued pressure from the United States and its allies will likely reduce Al Qaeda’s core leadership in Pakistan to “largely symbolic importance” over the next two to three years as the terrorist organization fragments into more regionally focused groups and homegrown extremists.

The assessment by the official, James R. Clapper, the director of national intelligence, added new detail to similar analyses by American counterterrorism officials in recent months. They were contained in prepared remarks to the Senate Intelligence Committee at the panel’s annual hearing to review global threats to the United States.

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More News On The Decline Of Al Qaeda

Al-Qaeda in decline, says US -- Sydney Morning Herald/AP
Intel chief: Bin Laden death crippled al-Qaida -- Army Times
Al-Qaida in decline, but threats to US multiply -- FOX News/AP
New U.S. intelligence assessment says core al Qaida group seriously hurt -- McClatchy News

My Comment: I hope this assessment is right.

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