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BY EVAN BUSH

ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT

Nearly one year after Osama’s bin Laden’s death, U.S. officials say Al Qaeda is severely weakened and would be unable to execute a September 11 - scale attack. MSNBC explains.

“The U.S. government is saying Al Qaeda is not capable of carrying out a mass casualty attack like Sept. 11. U.S. counterterrorism officials say Ayman Al-Zawahiri would like to attack the U.S., but his group is just scrambling to survive.”

The assessment of Al Qaeda comes from anonymous U.S. government sources — who Reuters reports sat in on a conference call with reporters and detailed the terrorism landscape.

Still, Al Arabiya writes government sources are concerned about the decentralization of Al Qaeda and its mission into locally focused groups — including ones in Yemen, Iraq, Somalia and North Africa.

“While not yet able to carry out complex attacks inside the U.S., such groups are capable of hitting Western targets overseas and are building armies and expertise while plotting violence, according to senior U.S. counterterrorist officials who briefed reporters Friday. ... [The officials] were authorized to speak only on condition of anonymity.”

A writer for The Telegraph finds the U.S. officials’ assessment pretty accurate, but argues Al Qaeda is more than just a dogmatic terror organization — saying it’s a banner and identity for many other groups.

“Exactly how many members of ‘core al-Qaeda’ have been eliminated is kept secret, but Tobias Feakin, director of national security at the Royal United Services Institute, estimated that 80 per cent had been killed or captured. Today, al-Qaeda is best understood as a brand name attaching to an array of fragmented groups. Command and control by a hierarchical leadership has become virtually impossible.”

Still, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta agrees Al Qaeda is tempering his optimism.

“Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says there’s no question the U.S. is safer with Osama bin Laden dead. He insists there’s no silver bullet to completely eliminate Al Qaeda’s threat.”
 

 

Officials: Al Qaeda is Diminished, Not Capable of Big Attack

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Officials: Al Qaeda is Diminished, Not Capable of Big Attack

(Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

BY EVAN BUSH

ANCHOR CHRISTIAN BRYANT

Nearly one year after Osama’s bin Laden’s death, U.S. officials say Al Qaeda is severely weakened and would be unable to execute a September 11 - scale attack. MSNBC explains.

“The U.S. government is saying Al Qaeda is not capable of carrying out a mass casualty attack like Sept. 11. U.S. counterterrorism officials say Ayman Al-Zawahiri would like to attack the U.S., but his group is just scrambling to survive.”

The assessment of Al Qaeda comes from anonymous U.S. government sources — who Reuters reports sat in on a conference call with reporters and detailed the terrorism landscape.

Still, Al Arabiya writes government sources are concerned about the decentralization of Al Qaeda and its mission into locally focused groups — including ones in Yemen, Iraq, Somalia and North Africa.

“While not yet able to carry out complex attacks inside the U.S., such groups are capable of hitting Western targets overseas and are building armies and expertise while plotting violence, according to senior U.S. counterterrorist officials who briefed reporters Friday. ... [The officials] were authorized to speak only on condition of anonymity.”

A writer for The Telegraph finds the U.S. officials’ assessment pretty accurate, but argues Al Qaeda is more than just a dogmatic terror organization — saying it’s a banner and identity for many other groups.

“Exactly how many members of ‘core al-Qaeda’ have been eliminated is kept secret, but Tobias Feakin, director of national security at the Royal United Services Institute, estimated that 80 per cent had been killed or captured. Today, al-Qaeda is best understood as a brand name attaching to an array of fragmented groups. Command and control by a hierarchical leadership has become virtually impossible.”

Still, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta agrees Al Qaeda is tempering his optimism.

“Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta says there’s no question the U.S. is safer with Osama bin Laden dead. He insists there’s no silver bullet to completely eliminate Al Qaeda’s threat.”
 

 

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