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U.S. Fears Network Has Regrouped, Fanned Out

Recent attacks and a wealth of new intelligence show that the Al Qaeda leadership — declared all but dead by many experts — is reinvigorated, now based in Iran and Pakistan, and orchestrating terrorist strikes around the world, U.S. officials said Saturday. Some U.S. officials, from President Bush on down, have in recent weeks described the central command of the global terror network as being crippled and unable to coordinate significant new attacks. Several noted that Al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden’s public call to arms before the Iraq war appeared to have gone unheeded. But information uncovered in last week’s bombings in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, implicates members of the Al Qaeda top command structure, according to several knowledgeable U.S. officials and other counter-terrorism authorities. They said they believe those Al Qaeda leaders also have played a direct role in other significant plots underway in East Africa, South Asia and elsewhere, some of which appear to be “imminent.” Full Story

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