Saturday, April 28, 2012

Al Qaeda's Core Network 'Essentially Gone'

Al Qaeda's core network in Pakistan is "essentially gone" and no longer capable of a Twin Towers-style attack, US counterterrorism officials have said.

US government experts also believe that the likelihood of an attack using chemical, biological, atomic or radiological weapons over the next year is not high.

Robert Cardillo, deputy director of US National Intelligence, described the assessments at a press conference.

The meeting with journalists was billed as an opportunity for government experts to voice their views on al Qaeda's potency a year after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Mr Cardillo said the al Qaeda "core" organisation that bin Laden created had suffered strategic setbacks due to the outbreak of "Arab Spring" protests. Read More