Remarks as Delivered by James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, Worldwide Threat Assessment to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, January 31, 2012   [open pdf - 132KB]

These are the opening remarks of James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, as delivered to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on January 31, 2012. "The Intelligence Community sees the next two or three years as a critical transition phase for the terrorist threat, particularly for al-Qa'ida and like-minded groups. With Usama bin Ladin's death, the global jihadist movement lost its most iconic and inspirational leader. The new al-Qa'ida commander is less charismatic, and the death or capture of prominent al-Qa'ida figures has shrunk the group's top leadership layer. However, even with its degraded capabilities and its focus on smaller, simpler plots, al-Qa'ida remains a threat. As long as we sustain the 2 pressure on it, we judge that core al-Qa'ida will be of largely symbolic importance to the global jihadist movement. But regional affiliates, as the ones you mentioned, and to a lesser extent, small cells and individuals, will drive the global jihad agenda."

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