Report – al Qaeda Has Not Abandoned Plans For WMD’s

You may remember in September of 2003 when al Qaeda’s #2 man, Ayman al-Zawahiri, called off a planned chemical attack on New York’s subway system and offered a rather chilling explanation: The plot to unleash poison gas on New Yorkers was being dropped for “something better,” Zawahiri said in a message intercepted by U.S. eavesdroppers.

The meaning of Zawahiri’s cryptic threat remains unclear more than six years later, but a new report warns that al-Qaeda has not abandoned its goal of attacking the United States with a chemical, biological or even nuclear weapon.

The report, by a former senior CIA official who led the agency's hunt for terrorist’s weapons of mass destruction portrays al-Qaeda’s leaders as determined and patient, willing to wait for years to acquire the kind of weapons that could inflict widespread casualties.

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