Al Qaida gains strength in Afghanistan, North Africa, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan & Uzbekistan Saturday, October 20, 2012 Excerpt: KABUL, AFGHANISTAN -- The Obama administration narrative portrays al-Qaida as battered to the point of being a nonissue in Afghanistan. U.S. officials put the number of Al-Qaida members that their battling between 50 and 100 fighters. (We're spending billions of dollars on 50 - 100 fighters?) Obama is being beat on the head with the hard cold facts just before Election Day by his own military and administration that Al Qaida is not dead and is in fact gaining strength and popping up in other countries like a dangerous cancer! Analysts in the U.S. say there is reason for concern that al-Qaida is down, but not out. Al-Qaida's leadership fled Afghanistan in late 2001 to neighboring Pakistan, where it remains. Their support network has expanded and its relations with groups such as the Pakistani-based Haqqani network are strong. They have moved more weapons across the border from Pakistan. Theyre attempting a comeback in Afghanistan's mountainous east region. Its believed by Afghani leaders that when the Americans leave in 2014 Al-Qaida will move back into Afghanistan and become stronger than before. A more immediate worry is the threat posed by the growing presence of al-Qaida and affiliated groups in Yemen, Somalia and across a broad swath of North Africa, where it is believed Al-Qaida-linked militants may have been responsible for the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans. U.S. and Afghan officials say Al-Qaida also has been building ties with like-minded Islamic militant groups present in Afghanistan, including Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, which is blamed for the November 2008 rampage in Mumbai, India, that killed 166 people, and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which is present in the north. One Afghani official said, "Al-Qaida is very active. It is like fish. When one fish dies, another comes, and the determination of these Arab fighters is high." SOURCE: Al Qaida in Afghanistan is attempting a comeback http://news.yahoo.com/al-qaida-afghanistan-attempting-comeback-144002075.html .