Al-Qaeda Has 18,000 Militants Ready to Strike

(Reuters/Yahoo) Al-Qaeda has more than 18,000 militants ready to strike, the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) said Tuesday. "Al-Qaeda remains a viable and effective network of networks," it said. IISS said 2,000 al-Qaeda members and more than half of the group's 30 leaders had been killed or captured, and that the 1,000 al-Qaeda militants in Iraq were a minute fraction of its potential strength. The IISS said the Madrid train bombings in March suggested al-Qaeda had now fully reconstituted and had set its sights firmly on the U.S. and its closest allies in Europe.

2004-05-27 00:00:00

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