US President Barack Obama 311 (R).
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WASHINGTON - A decade after the 9/11 attacks, a "lone wolf terrorist" like the shooter in Norway now presents a bigger risk to the United States than a large-scale operation, US President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.
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"The most likely scenario that we have to guard against right now ends up being more of a lone wolf operation than a large, well-coordinated terrorist attack," Obama told CNN.
"When you've got one person who is deranged or driven by a hateful
ideology, they can do a lot of damage, and it's a lot harder to trace
those lone wolf operators," he said.
Obama described "extraordinary progress" in degrading al-Qaida, the
group behind the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackings whose leader Osama bin Laden
was killed by US forces in May.
"They are a much weaker organization with much less capability than they
had just two or three years ago," he said, while stressing a need for
"heightened awareness" of potential attacks around the anniversary next