Al Qaeda weakened, Iran a threat, U.S. intelligence officials say

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Reporting from Washington— Al Qaeda’s ability to conduct terrorist operations against the United States has diminished in the last year, but U.S. intelligence agencies said Tuesday that they now believe Iranian leaders are willing to launch attacks against American targets. The top U.S. intelligence official, James R. Clapper, told a Senate hearing that a purported Iranian plot to assassinate a Saudi diplomat in Washington in the fall convinced U.S. officials that leaders in Tehran are increasingly likely to support bombings on U.S. soil, especially if they feel that their hold on power is threatened. “Some Iranian officials, probably including supreme leader Ali Khamenei, have changed…

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