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CIA's spy chief says agency and allies are taking down al-Qaida one cell at a time

The CIA is hunting down al-Qaida country by country, cell by cell, the agency’s spymaster said Thursday in a rare public statement. “Now, with al-Qaida flushed from its central haven, we are in a long and perilous phase of hunt and pursuit of its cells and sympathizers,” said Jim Pavitt, the CIA’s deputy director of operations. Pavitt directs the agency’s clandestine service, which manages spy networks to gather information and conducts covert operations. He spoke to a group of national security lawyers and reporters in Washington. “Our mission is taking us to the nastiest parts of the world,” he said. Pavitt said the danger of new attacks remains high. Full Story

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