American officials say that the new intelligence is focused on Al
Qaeda and points to the prospect that the terrorist network is gaining
in strength despite more than five years of a sustained American-led
campaign to weaken it.
From The New York Times, 2/19/07:
Al Qaeda Chiefs Are Seen to Regain Power
By MARK MAZZETTI and DAVID ROHDE
Senior leaders of Al Qaeda operating from Pakistan have re-established
significant control over their once-battered worldwide terror network
and over the past year have set up a band of training camps in the
tribal regions near the Afghan border, according to American
intelligence and counterterrorism officials.
American officials said there was mounting evidence that Osama bin
Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, had been steadily building an
operations hub in the mountainous Pakistani tribal area of North