Al-Qaeda has important operative capacity, Spanish expert says

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Al-Qaeda currently has "considerable" operative capacity, with its main base in the frontier area between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a Spanish expert said Wednesday.

12 March 2008

MADRID - Al-Qaeda currently has "considerable" operative capacity, with its main base in the frontier area between Pakistan and Afghanistan, a Spanish expert said Wednesday.

The commonly held belief that al-Qaeda had become more of an ideology than an organisation was false, political science professor Fernando Reinares wrote in an article published by the daily El Pais.

After the loss of its Afghan power base and arrests or killings of many of its members, al-Qaeda had rebuilt its organisation, which was now "relatively robust," according to Reinares.

The main power base located in the frontier area between Pakistan and Afghanistan housed Osama bin Laden, other leaders and hundreds of members, the professor wrote.

Al-Qaeda also has cells and a network of intermediaries and collaborators in Asia, the Middle East, the Gulf region, eastern Africa and northern Caucasus.

Al-Qaeda also operates by forming alliances with radical groups in the Arabian Peninsula, north Africa and Iraq, participating directly in organising attacks, according to Reinares.

[Copyright dpa 2008]

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