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Oct 7, 2011

FBI: Al-Qaeda Still the Big Threat to U.S.

Washington: The death of a United States-born religious leader Anwar Al-Awlaqi indeed have made a reduction in the strength of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). However, do one of the international terrorist network is still going to be "biggest threat" to the United States. As stated by the head of the FBI, Robert Mueller in Washington, Thursday (6 / 10).

In a press conference, Robert Mueller said, "Despite some of its leaders have been paralyzed, AQAP remains the greatest threat to the United States. We must remain alert to the network AQAP. AQAP has proven its ability to provide spectacular attacks to the U.S. territory, and killed a leader, though he was an important figure, not eliminate its ability to carry out revenge attacks. "

Matthew Olsen, Director of the National Counterterrorism Center also agrees with Mueller. Olsen also expressed concern about the warming of relations between the AQAP and Ash-Shabaab militants in Somalia, which claimed responsibility for the attacks of suicide bombings this week against the government compound in Mogadishu, Somalia that killed at least 70 people no less.

"We remain concerned by the group's desire to launch attacks on Western countries, as well as its propaganda effort designed to inspire a fanatic group of the West," said Olsen.