CNN's Paula Newton reports that Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda are losing influence in the Arab world.


Newton said, "At his most menacing just after 9/11, Osama bin Laden's words and warnings were breaking news but nearly seven years later his statements are merely reported and cataloged, hardly major news. And where bin Laden was once an iconic hero, his family's insist central home of yemen, in some quarters sentiment on the street is turning against him.

"Bin Laden still commands respect from this young student and others here, some causes do resonate, political ones, anti-American, anti-Israel but bin Laden's skill at tapping into that anger is slipping."

"Officials stress that al Qaeda remain as threat. The launched attacks may be compromised by those it once turned to for support. We don't want to make the impression this is going to make any one of us safer overnight. The trend that's happening in the Middle East and elsewhere is definitely a bit of positive news."

Time Magazine has more details here.

This video is from CNN's American Morning, broadcast July 7, 2008.


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