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BREAKING: New Iraq National Intelligence Estimate Released
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BREAKING: New Iraq National Intelligence Estimate Released

The key judgments of the Iraq National Intelligence Estimate have been released. Read them HERE. Below, some important findings:

Al Qaeda has regenerated key elements of its Homeland attack capability:

Al-Qaida is and will remain the most serious terrorist threat to the Homeland, as its central leadership continues to plan high-impact plots, while pushing others in extremist Sunni communities to mimic its efforts and to supplement its capabilities. We assess the group has protected or regenerated key elements of its Homeland attack capability, including: a safehaven in the Pakistan Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), operational lieutenants, and its top leadership.

Iraq has strengthened al Qaeda, which will seek to leverage the contacts and capabilities gained in the war:

Of note, we assess that al-Qaida will probably seek to leverage the contacts and capabilities of al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI), its most visible and capable affiliate and the only one known to have expressed a desire to attack the Homeland.

Al Qaedas association with al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) helps to energize the broader Sunni extremist community and recruit and indoctrinate operatives:

In addition, we assess that its association with AQI helps al-Qaida to energize the broader Sunni extremist community, raise resources, and to recruit and indoctrinate operatives, including for Homeland attacks.

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