Robert Burns, AP:
After intense U.S. assaults, al-Qaida may be considering shifting focus to its original home base in Afghanistan, where American casualties are running higher than in Iraq, the top U.S. commander in Iraq said Saturday."We do think that there is some assessment ongoing as to the continued viability of al-Qaida's fight in Iraq," Gen. David Petraeus told The Associated Press in an interview at his office at the U.S. Embassy.
LSB: C.Y.A. ("cover your ass") big time! After years of false reports, only at the 11th hour before a new administration kicks in, does he change his tune about where al-Qaida may be. He's toast when the Obama administration takes over in January.