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Saturday, 28 April 2012 - 13:39
After Osama, Al-Qaeda 'essentially gone' says US official
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A US intelligence official stated that nearly a year after a US raid that killed Osama bin Laden, his core Al-Qaeda network in Pakistan is essentially gone, but its affiliates remain a threat.

Osama's death last year further weakened Al-Qaeda and it was unlikely the terror group could stage another strike on the scale of the attacks of September 11, 2001, a counterterrorism official told reporters.

"It's really hard to imagine Al-Qaeda core gathering together the resources, the training, the talent, the money to repeat a 9/11 type of attack," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

While it was too soon to declare victory, the official stated that some could argue that the organization that brought us 9/11 is essentially gone.

However, the official added that the movement certainly survives, the ideology of the global jihad survives, and Osama's philosophy, survives in a variety of places outside of Pakistan.

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