Posted by: pinkturtle2 | Mei 30, 2008

CIA chief says Al Qaeda near defeat

CIA chief says Al Qaeda near defeat

WASHINGTON: Al Qaeda is essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and on the defensive throughout much of the world, CIA Director Michael Hayden said in a Washington Post interview published on Friday.

The upbeat assessment came less than a year after the CIA warned of new threats from a resurgent al Qaeda, the Post said.

“On balance, we are doing pretty well,” Hayden told the newspaper this week citing major gains against Osama bin Laden’s network and its allies.

“Near strategic defeat of al Qaeda in Iraq. Near strategic defeat for al Qaeda in Saudi Arabia. Significant setbacks for al Qaeda globally — and here I’m going to use the word ‘ideologically,’ as a lot of the Islamic world pushes back on their form of Islam,” Hayden said.

U.S. officials blame al Qaeda in Iraq for most big bombings in the country, including an attack on a Shi’ite shrine in Samarra in February 2006 that set off a wave of sectarian killings that nearly tipped Iraq into all-out civil war. ...more


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