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Al-Qaeda war not over, FBI chief says

Al-Qaeda’s ability to strike the United States has been diminished substantially, but the terrorist group remains capable of launching a multicity attack similar to the assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, FBI Director Robert Mueller said Wednesday in a meeting with USA TODAY reporters and editors. ”The war with al-Qaeda is not over,” Mueller said. ”We have not won it by any stretch of the imagination. Al-Qaeda still seeks to attack us and has the capacity to do it. Will we be attacked by terrorists in the future? Yes.” In a wide-ranging discussion, Mueller also said interviews with thousands of Iraqis in the USA helped lead to the arrests of some officials in Saddam Hussein’s regime. ”There have been a number of cases where we have provided information, along with other sources, that led to the detention of senior figures in the Iraqi regime,” Mueller said. Much of the information was obtained by FBI agents in interviews with nearly 10,000 Iraqis living in the USA. Many of those interviewed were former Iraqi government officials, scientists, academics and others who fled Saddam’s brutal regime. Full Story

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