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Al Qaeda still a threat to America: CIA director

The United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has warned that the Al Qaeda still remains a grave threat to America and called for a long battle to root out the terrorist menace.

Testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Wednesday, CIA Director George Tenet said the Al Qaeda is interested in striking 'high-profile' American targets, including the Olympics that open on Friday in Salt Lake City.

"We know," said Tenet, "that terrorists have considered attacks in the US against high profile government or private facilities, famous landmarks and US infrastructure nodes such as airports, bridges, harbours and dams."

"High-profile events such as the Olympics or last weekend's Super Bowl also fit the terrorists' interests in striking another blow within the United States that would command worldwide media attention," Tenet told the committee.

"Their modus operandi is to have multiple attack plans in the works simultaneously and to have Al Qaeda cells in place to conduct them," Tenet said.

The Al Qaeda, he said, also has plans to strike US and allied targets in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Southeast Asia adding American diplomatic and military installations are at high risk, especially in East Africa, Israel, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

Admitting that the network has not yet been rooted out as yet, Tenet said "Al Qaeda cells are in place in major cities in Europe and the Middle East. It can also exploit its presence or connections to other groups in such countries as Somalia, Yemen, Indonesia and the Philippines."

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