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India, Brazil face emerging threats from Al-Qaeda

world Updated: Mar 09, 2010 22:05 IST

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The CIA on Tuesday warned India and Brazil that they face "emerging threats" from Al-Qaeda and Taliban, though the terrorist outfits are "on the run" due to extreme pressure exerted on them in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

CIA Director Leon Panetta said that the US spy agency has a "fundamental duty to provide warning and prevent surprise," which also refers to "emerging threats" to nations like Brazil and India, indicating the need for growing cooperation between the US and India on intelligence sharing.

Intense operations have put top Al-Qaeda and Taliban leaders under extreme pressure and "many of them are on the run," Panetta claimed.

He said "Our counter-terrorism operation have put put top al-Qaeda leaders under intense pressure and much of their network has been disrupted."

He said that American efforts both in Afghanistan and Pakistan were aimed at hitting command and control centres of the Al-Qaeda. Panetta's claim comes as Pakistani forces with the help of CIA have captured some top Taliban commanders, including the outfits Nos 2 Mulla Abdul Ghani Baradar.

Without referring to covert drone attacks believed to be launched from Pakistani soil, Panetta said in his address at the University of Oklahoma.

Saying that US was at war with Al-Qaeda and its affiliated terrorist organisations, America's top spy claimed that operations in tribal areas of Pakistan has killed more than half of Al-Qaeda's top 20 commanders.