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The New York Times > Washington > The Overview: New Leaders Are Emerging for Al Qaeda

The New York Times > Washington > The Overview: New Leaders Are Emerging for Al Qaeda: "August 10, 2004
THE OVERVIEW
New Leaders Are Emerging for Al Qaeda
By DAVID JOHNSTON and DAVID E. SANGER

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 - A new portrait of Al Qaeda's inner workings is emerging from the cache of information seized last month in Pakistan, as investigators begin to identify a new generation of operatives who appear to be filling the vacuum created when leaders were killed or captured, senior intelligence officials said Monday.
Using computer records, e-mail addresses and documents seized after the arrest of Mohammed Naeem Noor Khan last month in Pakistan, intelligence analysts say they are finding that Al Qaeda's upper ranks are being filled by lower-ranking members and more recent recruits.
'They're a little bit of both,'' one official said, describing Al Qaeda's new midlevel structure. 'Some who have been around and some who have stepped up. They're reaching for their bench.''"

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