Experts Debate Al-Qaida's Role in London

In the case of an alleged plot to attack U.S.-bound jetliners departing London, several big questions remain. Among them: Was an attack as imminent as officials described? And is the plot evidence that al-Qaida has reconstituted itself to the point where it can once again direct large-scale attacks?

There is widespread debate among terrorism experts about what role "core" al-Qaida leaders may or may not have played.

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