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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - J. Goss
The U.S. made two key terrorism designations Wednesday, casting a spotlight on the al Qaeda affiliate organizations in the Middle East and North Africa that increasingly have replaced the Afghanistan and Pakistan-based network built by Osama bin Laden as the focus of global security concerns.
EXCLUSIVE — As President Obama ran to election victory last fall with claims that al Qaeda was “decimated” and “on the run,” his intelligence team was privately offering an assessment that the terror network was shifting resources to emerging spinoff groups in Africa that posed fresh threats.
"It's sort of running across the map of northern Africa," Mr. Goss said. "There are franchise activities springing up with different names. They basically are part of this loosely affiliated network. There's a lot of money in it. There is a lot of dedication and commitment in it."
Asked for his own assessment of al Qaeda, Mr. Goss told Fox News in October that "it's much stronger" and "it's spreading out."