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Official: al-Qaida Wounded, but Dangerous

Al-Qaida is wounded and disorganized but remains a dangerous foe dedicated to harming the United States, the FBI’s counterterrorism chief told Congress on Tuesday. The FBI, CIA and Defense Department have been very effective in arresting al-Qaida operatives, disrupting training camps and identifying possible sleeper cells, FBI Executive Assistant Director Pasquale D’Amuro said. “While al-Qaida may very well be in disarray, I believe it still has the capability to attack our interests,” D’Amuro told the House Judiciary Committee’s terrorism subcommittee. “I still want to emphasize that it is a severe threat to this nation.” U.S. counterterrorism officials had feared that an attack would be timed to coincide with the war with Iraq. That led the Bush administration to put the government on high alert for terrorist activity, while the FBI interviewed about 10,000 Iraqis living in this country to gain intelligence about Iraq and to uncover any terrorist plots. To the surprise of many in law enforcement, no attack came. Full Story

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