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WASHINGTON — The death of Osama bin Laden at the hands of Navy commandos a year ago was a setback to al-Qaida, but the Islamic terror organization remains a potent threat around the world, intelligence experts say.
“It’s on the defensive, but it’s far from defeated,” said Bruce Riedel, a former CIA officer
The al-Qaida affiliate in Yemen is considered among the most dangerous and threatening to the U.S.
counterterrorism adviser John Brennan called it “the most active operational franchise” i
“The great Arab revolt will have far greater impact on the future of jihadism than the death of bin Laden,” Gerecht said.
The U.S. is widening the war on al-Qaida in Yemen, expanding drone strikes against the terror network a year after the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.
U.S. counterterrorist forces will now be allowed to target individuals found to be plotting attacks on U.S. territory, even if U.S. intelligence cannot identify the person by name, two senior U.S. officials said.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive strategic matters.
Prior practice required militants to be identified as part of a lengthy legal vetting process. Now, tracking an individual in the act of commanding al-Qaida fighters or planning an attack on U.S. territory or American individuals can land the person on the shoot-to-kill list, officials said.