David Petraeus, CIA:
Al-Qaida in Arabian Peninsula Biggest Terror Threat to US
September 13, 2011
The head of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency says al-Qaida in the
Arabian Peninsula currently poses the most serious terrorism threat to
the United States.
Director David Petraeus
CIA Director David Petraeus spoke at a congressional hearing Tuesday on
evaluating U.S. counterterrorism efforts 10 years after the September
11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Petraeus said while the South Asian core of al-Qaida has been weakened,
its affiliates in other areas — particularly in the Arabian Peninsula —
have grown stronger and more able to conduct attacks. He noted that al-Qaida
in the Arabian Peninsula has made at least two unsuccessful attempts to
attack the United States in the past two years.
FBI Director Robert Mueller spoke at a later hearing Tuesday, where he
said in addition to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, “homegrown”
violent extremists are among the most serious threats to U.S. security.
He said terrorist groups and their online postings inspire and inform
would-be terrorists about how to launch an attack.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said that U.S. security
operations must be active overseas, where most attacks against the
United States have been planned.