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Published:April 30th, 2008 12:20 EST
al-Quida exploited instability at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border

al-Quida exploited instability at the Pakistan-Afghanistan border

By SOP newswire

The United States says al-Qaida has reconstituted some of its pre-September 11th, 2001 operational capabilities in Pakistan's remote tribal border areas.

In its annual report on global terrorism, the State Department says al-Qaida exploited the instability in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region as well as an Islamabad-brokered ceasefire that was in effect for the first half of 2007.

The State Department says al-Qaida seeks weapons of mass destruction to inflict maximum damage on "anyone who stands in its way." It says al-Qaida and its associated networks remained the greatest terrorist threat to the United States and its allies in 2007.

In Afghanistan, the report says Taliban remained a threat, along with other insurgent groups and criminal gangs, some of which the report says were linked to al-Qaida and terrorist sponsors outside the country.

The report describes Iran as the "most significant state sponsor of terrorism," alleging that a "critically important" element in Iran's national security strategy is its ability to conduct terror operations abroad.