US intel says Al-Qaida's threat has increased

Al-Qaida is using its growing strength in Pakistan and Iraq to plot attacks on U.S. soil, heightening the terror threat facing the United States over the next few years, US intelligence agencies say. At the same time, intelligence analysts worry that international cooperation against terrorism will be hard to sustain as memories of the Sept. 11,2001, attacks on the United States fade and nations' views diverge on what the real threat is. In the National Intelligence Estimate prepared for President George W. Bush and other top policymakers, analysts laid out a range of dangers - al-Qaida, Lebanese Hizbullah, non-Muslim radical groups - that pose a "persistent and evolving threat" to the country over the next three years.