Al-Qaida growing in strength and numbers in Africa

FILE - In this April 18, 2003, file photo a girl walks past a wall with graffiti about the al-Qaida network in a Muslim area of the northern city of Kano, Nigeria. Al-Qaida's terror network in North Africa, which calls itself Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), is growing more active and attracting new recruits, and threatening to further destabilize fragile governments of heavily-Islamic North Africa, according to U.S. defense and counterterrorism officials. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File) (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam, File)

March 1, 2010 8:27:39 AM PST
Al-Qaida's terror network in North Africa is growing more active and attracting new recruits, threatening to further destabilize the continent's already vulnerable Sahara region, according to U.S. defense and counterterrorism officials.