Al Qaeda’s affiliates grow more dangerous


Al Qaeda’s affiliates and sympathizers around the world are growing more dangerous, while central core of its terror-network in Afghanistan and Pakistan has become “much weaker and less capable” over the past 10 years, U.S. intelligence chiefs told Congress.

Al Qaeda-linked operatives outside Afghanistan and Pakistan are recruiting and training a new generation of militants, many with Western passports that “make them well-suited for targeting the United States and Europe,” CIA Director David H. Petraeus told a joint hearing of the Senate and House intelligence committees.

“Despite being less able to coordinate large-scale attacks, Al Qaeda and its sympathizers continue to train and deploy operatives in small numbers for overseas plots … relatively small attacks that would nonetheless generate fear and create the necessity for costly security improvements,”  Petraeus indicated.

He further pointed out that to force one of the targets of Al Qaeda, the United States and its allies to provide additional, expensive security measures, the impact on our economy would continue to adopt.

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