February 8, 2013
Even as core of its leadership has been significantly decimated, al-Qaeda is spreading its influence in other parts of the world, a top White House official has said.
“Al-Qaeda has been metastasising in different parts of the world. We have the al-Qaeda core that, in the past exerted quite a bit of orchestration of effort over a number of these franchises that have developed,” John Brennan told the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence during his confirmation hearing for CIA Director.
Brennan noted that with the US putting a curb on activities of the al-Qaeda, like-minded elements like al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb have emerged as a result of local environment favouring them.