Terror head says al Qaida planning to attack West
(Birmingham Post) US authorities have “very strong indicators” that al Qaida is planning to attack the West, the head of the National Counterterrorism Centre said.
Retired vice admiral John Scott Redd said he was “pretty sure” al Qaida was likely to try to attack the West but the authorities did not have enough tactical detail to increase the threat level or issue a precise warning.
In an interview at his headquarters near Washington DC, Mr Redd said the intelligence lacked the tactical detail that would be needed to issue a specific warning, but said: “What we do have, though, is a couple of threads that indicate some very tactical stuff, and that’s what you’re seeing bits and pieces of, and I really can’t go much more into it.”
Mr Redd said there was a strong ideological content to the war on terror, and that it would probably be a long war.
He told the magazine that it was “no accident” that the US had not been hit for six years, but added: “We will probably lose a battle or two along the way. We have to prepare for that.”
He went on: “We have come a long way.
But these guys are smart. They are determined.
They are patient. So over time we are going to lose a battle or two.
“We are going to get hit again, you know, but you’ve got to have the stick-to-itiveness or persistence to outlast it.
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