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AP Interview: Ex-CIA chief on al-Qaida after Osama

AP Interview: Ex-CIA chief on al-Qaida after Osama

America's former spy chief says the killing of Osama bin Laden will spur the al-Qaida terror network to give up grandiose plans in favor of more frequent strikes on easier targets.
Retired Gen. Michael Hayden tells The Associated Press that the West is better off with Osama bin Laden dead than in custody _ even though alive he represented a potential gold mine of intelligence.
He says al-Qaida under bin Laden's command was "committed to the high-casualty attack against an iconic target." He forecasts that a weakened al-Qaida would seek to mount more, smaller attacks.
Hayden directed the National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency under President George W. Bush. He was the main speaker Monday at a conference in Ireland.


Updated : 2021-04-19 21:07 GMT+08:00