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.

  • slg - 2011-09-14 07:34

    Quadrupled drone strikes. Geez, no wonder Al-Quaeda are reeling.

  • Banees - 2011-09-14 11:36

    American intelligence agencies have no credibility. Really like Iraq had WMD's, people arrested detained and tortured indefinitely and released without so much as an apology or compensation for being innocent.

      slg - 2011-09-16 00:47

      Notwithstanding, they're a damn side better than the alternative offered by the beheading Taliban and Al-Quaeda.

  • NAS1 - 2011-09-20 16:27


  • NAS1 - 2011-09-20 16:28


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