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Al-Qaeda may be showing a new face

The deadly commuter train bombings in Madrid last week are an ominous signal that al-Qaeda and its allied terror groups are adapting new techniques for carrying out attacks and could threaten Europe and the United States, European and U.S. officials said Monday. As Spanish authorities revealed more evidence suggesting that radical Muslims were responsible for the attacks that killed 201 people and wounded 1,500, several top U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials said they were not ready to definitively link the attacks to Osama bin Laden’s terrorist network. But the officials said the attacks likely were the work of what CIA Director George Tenet has described as the new face of al-Qaeda: a loose network of groups – some tied to bin Laden’s organization, others that merely sympathize with al-Qaeda’s anti-American message – scattered around the world. Because many of the groups are not closely tied to what remains of al-Qaeda’s top leaders, the groups are difficult to detect, intelligence analysts say. Full Story

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