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Qaeda a threat, but not imminently

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November 20, 2008
Intelligence
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Al Qaeda deputy Ayman al Zawahri’s message on Wednesday criticizing U.S. president-elect Barack Obama and urging attacks on America shows the network remains a threat, but there are no signs of imminent attacks, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.

Mindful of past al Qaeda attacks around the time of leadership transitions, U.S. security agencies have focused on ensuring there are no gaps in the handover of power. But they have consistently said there are no signs al Qaeda is preparing an early attack on the United Sates. (More)