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If -- is confirmed -- right now that still is and if he will have he will have to hit the ground running on the counterterrorism front.
Fox News has learned al-Qaeda is looking for a repeat of this month's terror attack in Algeria.
Chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge is live tonight with that story evening -- Well thank you bring good evening senior US intelligence officials say the al-Qaeda affiliate in North Africa -- -- a QYAM.
-- to -- more western targets including US targets after the hostage crisis in Algeria that left 38 dead including three Americans in mid January quote.
This is US interest writ large hardened targets including diplomatic facilities as well as soft -- such as American citizens working there.
While careful to emphasize there's no evidence of active credible plots senior US intelligence officials say the attack.
At this Algerian natural gas facility should the growing ability of al-Qaeda in North Africa and associate Islamist groups.
This year resource is people -- ideas.
-- -- the tribal areas of Pakistan where the US can partner with one nation on counterterrorism.
A cut in the -- -- -- presents unique challenges it's a regional player whose followers moved seamlessly between mommy -- share Mauritania Libya and Nigeria.
A point Secretary Clinton emphasized during the -- -- hearings this month.
Yes we now face.
Aids spreading jihadist threat.
We have driven a lot of the eight Q operatives.
Out of the -- out of Afghanistan Pakistan killed a lot of them including of course -- laden.
But we have to recognize this is a global.
Movement and the -- -- -- North Africa seems to be on a roll the ability of US intelligence community to collect data has diminished.
Senior US intelligence officials acknowledge the Arab Spring swept away longtime allies sidelined or degraded regional intelligence services.
And Libya's loose weapons fuel the capability of these Islamist groups -- -- thank you.
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