Washington- The international terror threat is evolving as Al-Qaeda linked groups and other militants become increasingly violent and a new generation of global terrorists is spawned in Syria, said the State Department's 2013 Country Reports on Terrorism.
US counter-terrorism efforts focused on Al-Qaeda have "degraded" the core leadership, but "subsequently 2013 saw the rise of increasingly aggressive and autonomous AQ affiliates and like-minded groups in the Middle East and Africa. Al-Qaeda, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan , Punjabi Taliban and Lashkar-e-Jhangvi carried out terrorist activities in Pakistan . The report said that the activities were carried out by planting locally made bombs in bicycles, motorcycles, rickshaws and other vehicles. The report pointed out that al-Qaeda has weakened in Pakistan as communications between the leadership and militants were cut. The report , however, said that the al-Qaeda and Haqqani Network posed a great risk to US interests in 2013.