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UN Says Al-Qaeda Weakened But Still A Threat

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri (file photo)
A report delivered to the UN Security Council is claiming that the leader of Al-Qaeda is struggling to unite various factions but that the group remains an evolving threat.

The report from a group of experts was delivered to the Security Council on August 7 and it claimed that Osama bin Laden's successor as Al-Qaeda leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, has failed to rebuild the group's core leadership in Pakistan.

The report said various groups affiliated with Al-Qaeda are still adapting their tactics and searching for new targets but are still capable of carrying out deadly strikes.

The report also said Al-Qaeda and its affiliates are "more diverse and differentiated than before, united only by a loose ideology and a commitment to terrorist violence."

Based on reporting by AFP and ITAR-TASS