US officials: Al-Qaeda far from done

2011-09-13 22:41
Washington - The top two US intelligence officials say al-Qaeda is weaker, and US intelligence agencies are smarter, since the September 11 2001 attacks - but the terrorists are nowhere near giving up.

In his first week on the job, CIA director David Petraeus says al-Qaeda's recent losses of Osama bin Laden and others has opened "an important window of vulnerability" to exploit.

In remarks on Tuesday to a joint congressional intelligence committee hearing, he predicts al-Qaeda leaders may even flee to Afghanistan or leave South Asia altogether to escape the CIA, which has quadrupled covert drone strikes against al-Qaeda under the Obama administration.

But Petraeus and Director of National Intelligence Jim Clapper both say al-Qaeda's Yemeni offshoots and others are growing more daring, and dangerous.
- AP
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