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The report notes that few people with ties to al Qaeda’s senior leadership have been discovered in the United States since 9/11. However, it predicts that al Qaeda “will intensify its efforts to put operatives here” to coordinate or carry out attacks.
NIE Foresees Continued Homeland Terrorist Threat
A new U.S. intelligence estimate says al-Qaida remains determined to mount attacks on major targets in the United States, especially if it can acquire weapons of mass destruction. VOA correspondent Gary Thomas reports on the intelligence community's latest conclusions on al-Qaida's strength and reach.
Estimate Says al-Qaida Intends to Attack US
We assess that al-Qa’ida’s Homeland plotting is likely to continue to focus on prominent political, economic, and infrastructure targets with the goal of producing mass casualties, visually dramatic destruction, significant economic aftershocks, and/or fear among the US population. The group is proficient with conventional small arms and improvised explosive devices, and is innovative in creating new capabilities and overcoming security obstacles.
National Intelligence Estimate- Terror in the "Homeland"
We judge the US Homeland will face a persistent and evolving terrorist threat over the next three years.
Office of DNI
What The Administration Is Doing To Protect America From The Persistent, Evolving Threat From Al-Qaeda
Fact Sheet: The Terrorist Threat to the U.S. Homeland
38 Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.
39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:
40 For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
41 The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
42 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.