Washington, Jan 20: In the latest update on the whereabouts of the two top al-Qaeda leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri, a report by the Congressional committee said that the two dreaded terrorist are taking refuge in northwestern Pakistan.
"Bin Laden and Zawahiri are believed to be hiding in northwestern Pakistan along with most other senior operatives. Al Qaeda leaders have issued statements encouraging Pakistani Muslims to 'resist' American 'occupiers' in Pakistan and Afghanistan, and to fight against Pakistan's US-allied politicians and officers," a report released by Senator John Kerry, the Committee's Chairman.
Contrary to Pakistan officials' believe that Osama might have been dead, the Committee is of the opinion that he is still alive and al-qaeda is increasing its influence among the Islamic militants in the region.
In the 21 page report, the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations said that the group is expanding its network in the international scenario, with Somalia and Yemen being evident example .
The US officials expressed concern over the existence of al Qaeda bases and training camps in Pakistan.