Al-Qaida appears to be strengthening its forces in the remote border area between Pakistan and Afghanistan despite offensives by US and Pakistani troops, and is extending its global influence, Australia's spy chief said Wednesday.
Paul O'Sullivan, the head of the Australia Security Intelligence Organization, said the rise in terrorist attacks and disrupted plots since September 11, 2001, demonstrated the extremist network has been able to carry on its activities.
"However ill-founded and overwrought [al-Qaida's] world view, it is a learning and a teaching organization, pushing the horizon for violent extremism," O'Sullivan said during a rare public speech to a security forum in Sydney.
"What makes al-Qaida such a dangerous creature is its ability to marry ideological intensity with organizational resilience and adaptability," he said.
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