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'Qaeda's new leadership aiming at western targets outside'

world Updated: Jul 19, 2011 14:37 IST
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Under the new leadership, al Qaeda is planning to shift its strategy from attacking inside the US to those western targets outside America, a report has said.

This is because, new al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, believes that it is easier to attack western targets outside the US rather than those on the US homeland.

"This broader attack strategy advocated by Zawahiri better aligns the goals of al Qaeda's leaders in Pakistan and affiliates, particularly in Yemen, which are increasingly becoming the group's frontline operators," 'The Wall Street Journal' reported.

The modus operandi of al Qaeda's branch in Yemen is to conduct any type of attack possible, whether or not it will have a spectacular result, US officials told the paper.

However, the news report said it is not clear how the new al Qaeda leader would execute his new strategy.

"Zawahiri has kept a low profile since taking over the terrorist group. He released a video on June 8 eulogising bin Laden and vowing revenge for the al Qaeda leader's death. But it wasn't until June 16 that al Qaeda announced Zawahiri as its new leader, and he hasn't been heard from publicly since," the daily said.