CIA director says al-Qaida remains dangerous

08:42, May 03, 2011      

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Director of the Central Intelligence Agency Leon Panetta warned Monday that al-Qaida without Osama bin Laden is still dangerous.

"The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge him, and we must -- and will -- remain vigilant and resolute," Panetta, who is going to be the next Defense Secretary, wrote in a letter to the agency's employees.

"But we have struck a heavy blow against the enemy ... and we will not rest until every last one of them has been delivered to justice," he wrote.

U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday night announced bin Laden, architect of 9/11 terrorist strikes in 2001 that killed over 3,000 people, was killed in a U.S. raid in Pakistan. He said the death of the terrorist leader marks the "most significant achievement" to date in U.S. effort to defeat al-Qaida.

But shortly after this announcement, the State Department issued a worldwide travel alert warning of an "enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counterterrorism activity in Pakistan."

White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan on Monday also warned of potential retaliatory attacks by al-Qaida operatives or other terrorist groups. But he said there is not any credible information to warrant issuing a warning under the new terror alert system.

Source: Xinhua
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