Al Qaeda Reinvigorated?

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Coming just four days after similar assaults on Western targets in the Saudi capital, Friday-s suicide attacks in Morocco appear to be the work of al Qaeda terrorists. The ongoing strikes are forcing intelligence experts to reconsider the effectiveness of a group recently thought to be badly crippled. After the capture of high level officials within the terrorist network, how dangerous is the organization and what threats do they continue to pose overseas and on US soil? Were counter-terrorist experts too confident too soon? Guest host Jim Moret weighs the seemingly renewed viability of al Qaeda with journalists from the West and the Middle East, a terrorism expert from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and an authority on US foreign policy from the World Policy Institute.
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Guest host Jim Moret has had an extensive career in both local and national television news reporting over the past 20 years, including nearly a decade at CNN. A member of the California bar since 1981, next month he will deliver the commencement address at his alma mater for the UCLA Department of Communication Studies.

Myre's article, "Suicide Bombing Hits Israel for 5th Time in About 48 Hours"

Priest's article, "Al Qaeda Figure Tied to Riyadh Blasts"



Warren Olney