Al Qaeda on the Rise?

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President Bush has linked the attacks of September 11 to the war in Iraq--even though Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda did not exist in Iraq before the American occupation.  Today, the Bush Administration declassified part of a National Intelligence Estimate saying al Qaeda has increased its ability not just in Iraq, but as a training ground for operatives to be sent to the US. From his safe haven on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, Osama bin Laden is marshalling new resources. Although Pakistani President, Pervez Musharraf made a controversial agreement with local leaders in the western part of his country, where al Qaeda is now said to be stronger than ever, but is he doing all that he can? How close is al Qaeda in Pakistan to al Qaeda in Iraq? Is the war in Iraq protecting America or making it more vulnerable than it was before?

Credits

Guests:
Michael R. Gordon - New York Times - @gordonnyt, Ahmed Rashid - Pakistani journalist, Danielle Pletka - American Enterprise Institute - @dpletka, Bruce Riedel - Brookings Institution - @BrookingsInst

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Vanessa Romo, Katie Cooper, Jon Kalish