Sunday, 16 September 2007
LATimes: WASHINGTON — Secure in its haven in northwestern Pakistan, a resurgent Al Qaeda is trying to expand its network, in some cases by executing corporate-style takeovers of regional Islamic extremist groups, according to U.S. intelligence officials and counter-terrorism experts.
"Certainly we do see Al Qaeda trying to influence the broader movement and to control some of these affiliates in a more direct way," said a senior counter-terrorism official in the Bush administration. "The word I would use is 'co-opt' . . . as opposed to simply associating with or encouraging.
"Absolutely, we should be alarmed about this. They are creating franchises and buying franchises, offering expertise, networks, money." [Bruce Riedel a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution]...
Posted on 09/16/2007 9:20 AM by Rebecca Bynum
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