December 27th, 2009
01:19 PM ET
8 years ago

Is Al Qaeda making a comeback?

(CNN) - Is Al Qaeda making a comeback?

Former Acting Director of the CIA John McLaughlin and CNN Terrorism Analyst Peter Bergen say the foiled terrorist attack on Christmas Day may suggest yes.

"It certainly feels that way," McLaughlin said when asked if the terror group is making a comeback. "This man had been in London, where there is frequent evidence of recruitment by Al Qaeda, Al Qaeda-related people. He claims to have been in touch with Yemenis. And Yemen is a place where Al Qaeda is on the move, a strong movement there. And I think it's an exaggeration to say that Al Qaida has been weakened to the point where we don't have to worry about it anymore."

Meanwhile, Bergen said the suspect's ties to Yemen may suggest Al Qaeda is involved.

"We've seen multiple attacks - or attempted attacks on the American embassy [in Yemen]," Bergen said. "Al Qaeda has a strong foothold in Yemen. And the fact that this guy has said that he got the device in Yemen, I think, just speaks for itself."

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  1. GI Joe

    The Ft Hood killer and the man on the flight christmas day were both put on lists in 2007 and 2008.


    December 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Preston kathy

    Pkm i heard a story on cnn where a young boy went to a school for boys in irac in class a teacher said we want you to attack and run at the americams with a bomb and blow them up the boy went home and told his mom hiS mom told him your mission is to kill your self and blow up the americams he ran away and is is jail for being a spy there are to many jerks to stop

    December 27, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. JonDie

    "It certainly feels that way," McLaughlin said.

    What a deeply analytical comment.

    Well, yes, Mr. McLaughlin, given that Bush and Cheney decided to NOT pursue bin Laden from 2002 to 2008 and that Bush and Cheney instead decided to conquer and sack Iraq, giving Al Qaeda a great recruiting tool while stretching our army thin, yes, it is possible that Al Qaeda is making a comeback.

    Of course, Cheney, Limbaugh and Palin would LOVE nothing more than for Al Qaeda to murder U.S. citizens again, just like they did under Bush and Cheney in 20012. There is nothing like fear of terrorism and thinking your government can't protect you to promote the undermining of democracy in our country.

    December 27, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  4. Hugo

    This says it all, Islamic extremism never went away and it never will until they achieve their ultimate goal. You must first cut the head of the snake to kill the snake...please someone wake up the President from his nap and let him know.

    December 27, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  5. Independent

    Send 30,000 troops to Yemen!!!

    December 27, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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