Some of the bottom-line bullet points:
_Al-Qaida is likely still seeking chemical, biological or nuclear weapons and would use them if it developed sufficient capability.
_The group has been able to restore three of the four key elements it would need to launch an attack on U.S. soil: a safe haven in Pakistan’s tribal areas, operational lieutenants and senior leaders. It could not immediately be learned what the missing fourth element is.
_The group will step up its efforts to position operatives inside the U.S.
_The U.S. will face “a persistent and evolving terrorist threat” over the next three years. The main danger comes from Islamic terrorist groups, especially al-Qaida, and is “driven by the undiminished intent to attack the homeland and a continued effort by terrorist groups to adapt and improve their capabilities.”
Put that on a bumper sticker.
Steve at ThreatsWatch: “It must be recognized that, in the course of this long war, there will be no final defeat of al-Qaeda without major unforgiving ground operations within Pakistan.”
Peter Brookes: While al Qaeda advances, Congress retreats.