The United States has also identified several new Qaeda compounds in North Waziristan, including one that officials said might be training operatives for strikes against targets beyond Afghanistan.
“Al Qaeda’s core elements are resilient”
“The chain of command has been re-established,” said one American government official, who said that the Qaeda “leadership command and control is robust.”
The emergence of a relative haven in North Waziristan and the surrounding area has helped senior operatives communicate more effectively with the outside world via courier and the Internet.
In a videotaped statement last year, Mr. Zawahri claimed responsibility for the July 2005 London suicide bombings.
Over the past year, insurgent tactics from Iraq have migrated to Afghanistan, where suicide bombings have increased fivefold and roadside bomb attacks have doubled. In testimony to the House Armed Services Committee last week, Lt. Gen. Karl Eikenberry, the departing commander of coalition forces in Afghanistan, said the United States could not prevail in Afghanistan and defeat global terrorism without addressing the havens in Pakistan.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
This is what happens when you lose sight of the objective
In 2002 George Bush assured the country that opening up a new front in Iraq wouldn't detract from the fight against bin Laden.