Official: Al-Qaeda strongest since 2006

2013-11-14 21:52
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a video, speaking from an undisclosed location. (Site Intelligence Group/ AFP)

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri in a video, speaking from an undisclosed location. (Site Intelligence Group/ AFP)

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Washington - The head of the national counterterrorism centre says the al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq is the strongest it's been since a peak in 2006.

Matt Olsen says al-Qaeda in Iraq has increased the pace of attacks this year.

Olsen is testifying to a Senate committee on the current terror threat to the US.

Olsen did not say that al-Qaeda in Iraq poses a direct threat to the US. He says the group continues to operate in Syria as well.

In 2006, the group was at its peak in Iraq when it bombed a Shi'ite mosque and heightened sectarian killings.

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