Intel Report: Al-Qaeda Trying to Sneak Terrorists into America

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Associated Press has learned that, according to a new US intelligence assessment, Al-Qaeda is stepping up efforts to sneak terror operatives into the United States. And, according to this assessment, the group has acquired most of the capabilities it needs to strike here.

The draft National Intelligence Estimate is expected to paint an increasingly worrisome portrait of al-Qaeda’s ability to use its base along the Pakistan-Afghan border to launch and inspire attacks. The warning comes as Bush administration officials say the US is safer nearly six years into the war on terror.

The classified estimate is still in draft form. Among its key findings:

-- Al-Qaeda is probably still pursuing chemical, biological or nuclear weapons and would use them if its operatives develop sufficient capability.

-- The terror group has been able to restore three key tools it would need to launch an attack on US soil: a safe haven in Pakistan's tribal areas, operational lieutenants and senior leaders.

-- The group will bolster its efforts to position operatives inside US borders.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 8463662