Rumsfeld: Terrorists Have "Global Reach"

(AP/Boston Globe) Lolita C. Baldor - Despite progress in fighting terrorism, the threat today may be greater than ever before because the weapons available are far more dangerous, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said Thursday. ''The enemy - while weakened and under great pressure - is still capable of global reach, still possesses the determination to kill more Americans, and is still trying to do so with increasingly powerful weapons," he said. ''Because they lurk in shadows, without visible armies, and are willing to wait long periods between attacks, there is a tendency to underestimate the threat they pose." He said there are no fewer than 18 organizations, loosely connected with al-Qaeda, conducting terrorist attacks. Rumsfeld's speech at the National Press Club also touched on the idea that Americans must be braced for a long war on terror.

2006-02-03 00:00:00

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