Report Says Al-Qaida Could Be A Threat To U.S.

WASHINGTON (AP) - Al-Qaida is expected to use its contacts and capabilities in Iraq to mount an attack on US soil.

That's the prediction from a new National Intelligence Estimate focusing on threats to the American homeland.

The declassified key findings are being released later today.

They were obtained in advance by The Associated Press.

The dangers that are outlined in the report range from al-Qaida to Lebanese Hezbollah to non-Muslim radical groups. It says they pose a "persistent and evolving threat" to the country over the next three years.

But most of the attention is focused on the gravest threat -- from al-Qaida.

The report says that al-Qaida in Iraq, which hasn't yet posed a direct threat to U-S soil, could eventually do so.

It describes that group as al-Qaida's "most visible and capable affiliate."

Reports like these are the most authoritative written judgments of the 16 spy agencies across the US government.

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