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Is the US still at imminent risk from al-Qaeda terrorism?

*Financial Times, by Andrew Ward, July 18, 2007

“US still at risk from al-Qaeda, says report.

Al-Qaeda has regrouped in tribal areas of Pakistan and could use contacts and capabilities developed in Iraq to mount fresh attacks on US soil, a US intelligence estimate on Tuesday warned.

The report said the US had become harder for terrorists to strike since the September 2001 attacks, but that al-Qaeda would ­continue to attempt mass-casualty as­saults within the country.

“We are facing a persistent terrorist enemy led by al-Qaeda that remains driven and intent on attacking the homeland and that continues to adapt and improve its capabilities,” said Fran Townsend, White House homeland security adviser.”

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