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CIA Director David H. Petraeus recently identified AQAP as the al Qaeda arm most threatening to the United States, and Mr. Venzke cautioned that the group remains dangerous.

Its leader, Nasir al-Wuhayshi, “remains in charge,” Mr. Venzke said, noting that al-Wuhayshi is responsible for “expanding the group’s focus to conduct attacks on U.S. soil.”

“Further attempts to conduct attacks in the United States [by AQAP] are expected,” Mr. Venzke said.