New Report Shows Al Qaeda Strenghtening
Classified intelligence claims Al Qaeda nearing pre-9/11 power
By Max Brallier,  Newser User
Posted Jul 12, 2007 5:33 AM CDT
Activists of Pakistan's religious party hold a protest rally to condemn the missile attack on a suspected al-Qaida hide-out in northwest Pakistan near the Afghan border outside the Parliament in Islamabad,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – A new National Intelligence report reveals Al Qaeda has rebuilt, strengthened by their ability to operate freely along the Pakistani border, and is approaching an operational capability level not seen since just prior to 9/11. The still-classified report makes clear that there's no credible intelligence on any specific terror targets, but instead describes an overall threat environment. 

The US may now be facing a dual-headed enemy: a new, stronger Al Qaeda alongside a worldwide army of jihadis inspired by the US presence in Iraq.  This is in stark contrast to the White House's repeated arguments that the War on Terror has made the US safer.