Wednesday, February 12, 2014

US warns of resurgence of Al-Qaeda

The head of US intelligence has warned of a resurgence of Al-Qaeda, saying the terrorist organization is expanding worldwide.

US National Intelligence Director James Clapper testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.

He said Al-Qaeda is transforming itself and partnering with other organizations, not only in the US but in other areas of the world. He indicated that Al-Qaeda and groups aspiring to become its allies are spreading around the globe.

Clapper pointed out that the main body of Al-Qaeda, based in Afghanistan and Pakistan, is weakening, but that it continues to play a central ideological role.

He said groups based in north and west Africa, as well as countries in the Middle East such as Iraq and Syria, are becoming more active.

Since Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed in a US military operation in 2011, the government has stressed that the terrorist group is on the decline.