Al Qaeda has new sanctuaries in Pakistan

April 15th, 2008 - 10:21 am ICT by admin  

Washington, Apr 15 (ANI): Al Qaeda has established new sanctuaries in tribal Areas and the North West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan, US investigating agency Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director, Robert S Mueller has said.

He said this while addressing a meeting at Chatham House in London last week.

Al Qaeda is resilient and its network is now diffuse. And it continues to adjust its strategies and tactics. We now confront a three-tiered threat. Al Qaeda has established new sanctuaries in Pakistan which means that it can reconstitute its leadership, recruit new operatives, and regenerate its capability to attack, the Daily Times quoted him as saying.

The middle tier is perhaps the most complex, he said and added: We are finding small groups who have some ties to an established terrorist organisation, but are largely self-directed.

He called them as Al Qaeda franchises, who, according to him, were hybrids of homegrown radicals and more sophisticated operatives.
He said that July 7 London bombers were an example of this middle layer. Two of them trained at camps in Pakistan, but they came back to Britain and lived there while they plotted their attacks. (ANI)

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