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al-Qaeda more likely to focus on small-scale, readily achievable attacks: FBI

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Counter-pressure has degraded and the group is now more likely to focus on supporting small-scale, readily achievable attacks against the US and its allies' interests in region, the FBI told lawmakers on Wednesday.

maintains its desire for largescale spectacular attacks. However, continued counter-pressure has degraded the group, and in the near term it is more likely to focus on supporting small-scale, readily achievable attacks against the US and allied interests in the Afghanistan/region, FBI said.

"Simultaneously, over the last year, propaganda from leaders seeks to inspire individuals to conduct their own attacks in the US and the West, he told members of a during a Congressional hearing on threats to the homeland.

Russell Travers, Acting Director, told lawmakers that enduring threat from the al-Qaeda network, the group continues to suffer setbacks; yet, it has enjoyed some success strengthening the resilience and cohesiveness of its global network.

For instance, the group's media releases this year have adapted faster to current events, featuring synchronized statements from leaders including

"We are concerned that improved coordination among its geographically dispersed nodes as reflected in its could improve the network's ability to advance its long-held, core goal of striking the Homeland, he said.

The group, he said, maintains a global reach through its network of affiliates, led by seasoned veterans who work to advance its violent agenda.

Al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) continues to focus its efforts on for recruitment and publishes content in local languages, Travers said.

Finally, al-Qaeda retains close ties with a variety of militant and terrorist elements that threaten US interests including the and Haqqani Network, as well as Syria-based Hurras al-Din, which includes several al-Qaeda veterans and allies among its ranks, he told the lawmakers.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Thu, October 11 2018. 00:55 IST
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