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Negroponte: Reports Distort Terror Study

Sunday, 24 September 2006 12:00 AM

Director of National Intelligence John D. Negroponte contradicted news reports Sunday that claim an intelligence assessment has concluded that the Iraq war has increased the terrorist threat to America.

Negroponte released a statement in which he said the overall conclusions of the the National Intelligence Estimate on Trends in Global Terrorism were distorted by reports that focused on a few opinions:

"A National Intelligence Estimate is a comprehensive assessment comprised of a series of judgments which are based on the best intelligence our government develops," Negroponte said. "Characterizing only a small handful of those judgments distorts the broad strategic framework the NIE is assessing -- in this case, trends in global terrorism.

"Although the NIE on Global Terrorism is still a classified document, I and other senior intelligence officials have spoken publicly, and in a way consistent with the NIE's comprehensive assessment, about the challenges and successes we have had in the Global War on Terror. What we have said, time and again, is that while there is much that remains to be done in the war on terror, we have achieved some notable successes against the global jihadist threat.

"We have eliminated much of the leadership that presided over al Qaeda -- our top global terror concern -- in 2001, and U.S.-led counterterrorism efforts continued to disrupt its operations, remove its leaders and deplete its cadre. The Estimate highlights the importance of the outcome in Iraq on the future of global jihadism, judging that should the Iraqi people prevail in establishing a stable political and security environment, the jihadists will be perceived to have failed and fewer jihadists will leave Iraq determined to carry on the fight elsewhere.

"Those statements do nothing to undermine the assessment that we have an enormous and constantly mutating struggle before us in the long war on terror. They simply demonstrate that the conclusions of the Intelligence Community are designed to be comprehensive and viewing them through the narrow prism of a fraction of judgments distorts the broad framework they create."

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