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Analysts See Terrorism Paradox: A Weaker Al Qaeda Despite Attacks

The recent surge in terrorist strikes on “soft targets” like consulates, banks and synagogues in places like Turkey and Saudi Arabia is worrying, but paradoxically reflects progress by the United States and Europe in disrupting Al Qaeda, especially its leadership structure, American and European intelligence officials said Friday. “We continue to disrupt Al Qaeda’s activities and capture more of their leaders, but the attacks are escalating,” a senior counterterrorism official in Europe said. “This is a very bad sign. There are fewer leaders but more followers.” The officials said they regard Al Qaeda as less capable than before of striking at American embassies, military targets and landmarks that were the hallmarks of its campaign before the Sept. 11 attacks. Full Story

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