The United States says al-Qaida has reconstituted some of its pre-September 11th, 2001 operational capabilities in Pakistan's remote tribal border areas.
In its annual report on global terrorism, the State Department says al-Qaida exploited the instability in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border region as well as an Islamabad-brokered ceasefire that was in effect for the first half of 2007.
The State Department says al-Qaida seeks weapons of mass destruction to inflict maximum damage on "anyone who stands in its way." It says al-Qaida and its associated networks remained the greatest terrorist threat to the United States and its allies in 2007.
In Afghanistan, it says the Taliban remained a threat, along with other insurgent groups and criminal gangs, some of which the report says were linked to al-Qaida and terrorist sponsors outside the country. It says 22-thousand people were killed in terrorist attacks globally in 2007, with 60 percent of those fatalities in Iraq.
In the State Department report, the countries designated as state sponsors of terrorism -- Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Sudan and Syria -- remain unchanged from the previous year.