By Eric Schmitt and Souad Mekhennethttp://www.nytimes.com/index.html?partner=msnbcpoliticshttp://www.nytimes.com/index.html?partner=msnbcpolitics
updated 2:59 a.m. CT, Fri., July 10, 2009
WASHINGTON - Al Qaeda’s affiliate in North Africa has carried out a string of killings, bombings and other lethal attacks against Westerners and African security forces in recent weeks that have raised fears that the terrorist group may be taking a deadlier turn.
American and European security and counterterrorism officials say the attacks may signal the return of foreign fighters from the Iraq war, where they honed their bomb-making skills.
If this indeed is the correct analysis, we can expect increasingly effective attacks to begin occurring in Europe and other areas.