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Anonymous Sources: Al-Qaeda As Strong As Ever

From Al Qaeda’s staunchest allies, the Associated Press:

Al-Qaida has rebuilt, U.S. intel warns

By MATTHEW LEE and KATHERINE SHRADER, Associated Press Writers

WASHINGTON – A new threat assessment from U.S. counterterrorism analysts says that al-Qaida has used its safe haven along the Afghan-Pakistan border to restore its operating capabilities to a level unseen since the months before Sept. 11, 2001.

A counterterrorism official familiar with a five-page summary of the document — titled “Al-Qaida better positioned to strike the West” — called it a stark appraisal. The analysis will be part of a broader meeting at the White House on Thursday about an upcoming National Intelligence Estimate.

The official and others spoke to The Associated Press on condition they not be identified because the report remains classified.

The findings suggests that the network that launched the most devastating terror attack on U.S. soil has been able to regroup despite nearly six years of bombings, war and other tactics aimed at dismantling it.

The threat assessment focuses on the terror group’s safe haven in Pakistan and makes a range of observations about the threat posed to the United States and its allies, officials said

Al-Qaida is “considerably operationally stronger than a year ago” and has “regrouped to an extent not seen since 2001,” the counterterrorism official said, paraphrasing the report’s conclusions. “They are showing greater and greater ability to plan attacks in Europe and the United States.”

The group also has created “the most robust training program since 2001, with an interest in using European operatives,” the official quoted the report as saying.

At the same time, this official said, the report speaks of “significant gaps in intelligence” so U.S. authorities may be ignorant of potential or planned attacks…

Anybody know what Joe Wilson and Valerie Plame are up to these days?

Of course the Associated Press reporters might have cut out the middle man and just made up these unnamed “officials” out of thin air.

After all it’s the message that counts: the war on terror has all been for nothing.

But someone needs to tell Al-Zawahri the good news. He’s been seeming a little pessimistic lately.

Hopefully the AP’s cheerleading will buck him up.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 12th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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