The CIA seems to think Al-Qaeda is just about beaten. I hope they are right but I'm sceptical. Remember these are the same people who missed 9/11 and assured us that Saddam stil had active WMDs.
AL-QAEDA is essentially beaten in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and on the defensive elsewhere, including the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, the head of the CIA said today.
CIA director Michael Hayden said major gains have been made against Al-Qaeda's allies in the Middle East, while a campaign to destabilise the network's core leadership has been increasingly successful.
Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is also losing the battle for hearts and minds in the Islamic world and has largely lost his ability to exploit the Iraq war to recruit new members, he said in an interview with the Washington Post. ........