ABC News reports that U.S. intelligence agencies are circulating an optimistic report on the state of the al Qaeda terror network. The assessment is that “the terrorist organization may lack the command and control, the resources and coordination to conduct an operation of the same magnitude as 9/11.”
According to ABC, intelligence analysts say that al Qaeda has fragmented into two “leadership committees;” one, headquartered in Iran, is said to be in contact with a still-alive Osama bin Laden. The CIA and the National Security Agency are said to be monitoring the groups’ communications. ABC says that a recent message from bin Laden expressed displeasure that al Qaeda has failed to respond to the American military campaign in Iraq with terrorist operations against U.S. interests.
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