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Al Qaeda trained at least 100,000 terrorists: Report

July 20, 2003 14:20 IST

The Al Qaeda trained between 70,000 and 120,000 terrorists in Afghanistan before the coalition invasion in 2002, The Independent on Sunday quoted American officials as saying.

The figure, based on testimony by senior US intelligence officials to a joint inquiry by the US Senate and House of Representatives intelligence committees, is at least three times higher than previous estimates.

The hearings were told that the Al Qaeda recruits came from more than 70 countries and were trained in making bombs, using weapons and foreign languages. Many are believed to have escaped capture and are lying low around the world.

One of the authors of the report, Senator Bob Graham, said the estimate suggests that the Al Qaeda remains the main threat to the West. The Bush administration 'lost focus' when it turned its attention to Iraq, in his view.

"We allowed Al Qaeda to regroup and regenerate," Senator Graham said.

"They've conducted a series of very sophisticated operations, thus far none in the United States, but seven Americans were killed in Saudi Arabia. We have to assume that as those people were placed around the world, some were placed inside the US. Some of them are in the US today."


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Sub: It was not Alqaeda

It was pakistan not alqaeda. It was ISI of pakistan and mushuraff


Posted by Manish





Sub: the status of al-qaeda

i don't believe al-qaeda is a terrorist outfit.who says so ? bloody yankees, who will noke their stinking noses in every nook and corner of ...


Posted by m.p.venu





Sub: will al queda take revenge over americans

as u have mentioned that al queda have trained more than 70000 terrorists,then there is great risk for americans and how are the americans going ...


Posted by basanth biswas





Sub: Al-Qaeda trained 100,000 ultras

It is very shamfull for pakistan to shelter these kind of terrorist groups.while on one hand it says that it is the active partner of ...


Posted by DURGAM SRINIVAS RAO





Sub: 10000 Taliban trainees

After hearing about WMD in Iraq, I'm not sure how much we should listen to american intelligence data.


Posted by Shyam




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