Pak-based Qaeda leaders plotting attacks against US: Pentagon

The top al Qaeda leadership is based in Pakistan and continues to plot attacks against the US and its allies, the Pentagon has said, warning that terrorists` ability to remotely plan and coordinate strikes is growing.

Last Updated: Feb 09, 2011, 15:55 PM IST

Washington: The top al Qaeda leadership is
based in Pakistan and continues to plot attacks against the US
and its allies, the Pentagon has said, warning that
terrorists` ability to remotely plan and coordinate strikes is
growing.

"Al Qaeda senior leadership remains in Pakistan and
intends to continue to attack the United States, allies and
our partners," it said in a report titled `The National
Military Strategy (NMS) of the United States of America 2011`.

The US` strategic objective is to disrupt, dismantle and
defeat al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Afghanistan and Pakistan
and prevent their return to either country, it said.

"Success requires the Joint Force to closely work with
NATO, our coalition partners, Afghanistan and Pakistan. We
will continue to erode Taliban influence, work with the Afghan
government to facilitate reintegration and reconciliation of
former insurgents, continue to strengthen the capacity of
Afghan security forces and enable Pakistan to ultimately
defeat al-Qaeda and its extremist allies," it said.

The Pentagon said the threat of violent extremism is
not limited to South Central Asia.

Groups such as al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, al-
Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, al-Shabaab, Lashkar-e-Tayyiba
and others emanate from Somalia, Yemen and elsewhere around
the globe.

"Terrorists` ability to remotely plan and coordinate
attacks is growing, sometimes facilitated by global illicit
trafficking routes, extending their operational reach while
rendering targeting of their sanctuaries more difficult," the
report said.

"Undeterred by the complexity of terrorist networks and
in concert with our allies and partners, we will be prepared
to find, capture or kill violent extremists wherever they
reside when they threaten interests and citizens of America
and our allies," it said.

PTI