The Guardian (London)
Friday, Sep 14, 2007, Page 7
Al-Qaeda has revived, extended its influence and has the capacity to carry out a spectacular strike similar to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the US, one of the world’s leading security think tanks warned on Wednesday.
There is increasing evidence “that ‘core’ al-Qaeda is proving adaptable and resilient and has retained an ability to plan and coordinate large-scale attacks in the Western word despite the attrition it has suffered,” the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said.
“The threat from Islamist terrorism remains as high as ever, and looks set to get worse,” it said.
“The US and its allies have failed to deal a death-blow to al-Qaeda; the organization’s ideology appears to have taken root to such a degree that it will require decades to eradicate,” it said.