14 Sep '11, 1am

Al-Qaeda is weaker but far from defeated, say the US' top two intelligence officials

Al-Qaeda is weaker but far from defeated, say the US' top two intelligence officials

America's top two intelligence officials said on Tuesday that Al-Qaeda is weaker and US intelligence agencies are smarter since the Sept 11 attacks 10 years ago, but the terrorists are nowhere near giving up. -- PHOTO: AFP WASHINGTON (AP) - America's top two intelligence officials said on Tuesday that Al-Qaeda is weaker and US intelligence agencies are smarter since the Sept 11 attacks 10 years ago, but the terrorists are nowhere near giving up. In his first week on the job, CIA director David Petraeus told members of Congress that Al-Qaeda's recent losses of Osama bin Laden and others have opened 'an important window of vulnerability.' Gen Petraeus predicted that Al-Qaeda leaders may even flee to Afghanistan or leave South Asia altogether to escape the CIA, which has quadrupled covert drone strikes against Al-Qaeda under the Obama administration. He testified at a joint c...

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