Al-Qaida Seen Eyeing Less Complex Attacks On U.S.

March 12, 2010 21:18

Ever since al-Qaida attacked the United States in 2001, U.S. authorities have worked to detect and prevent the next big terrorist strike.

But officials and counterterrorism experts say the Christmas airline plot and last November’s shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, may have shown al-Qaida that smaller-scale attacks also can prove unsettling, without the complexity and risk of bigger attempts.

Think how much fear and chaos were caused by the DC snipers. The eastern seaboard lived in fear. If Al-Qaida starts hitting small random targets like cafes, malls, buses and sporting events, we’ll learn what Israel has been living with for years.


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