WASHINGTON - CIA Director Michael Hayden has expressed satisfaction over  arrangements made with the new Pakistan government for U.S. strikes against militants inside the country, as he claimed the defeat al-Qaeda in Iraq and Saudi Arabia and the networks having fallen on the defensive elsewhere, including the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. "We're comfortable with the authorities we have," Hayden said in an interview with The Washington Post when asked about the agreements reached with Islamabad. But he declined to discuss the agreements, if any. The Bush administration has been watching political developments in Pakistan with apprehension, worried that the country's newly elected leadership will not be as tolerant of occasional unilateral U.S. strikes against al-Qaeda as was the government of President Pervez Musharraf, a close ally in the U.S. fight against terrorism, according to the dispatch. Since the start of the year, he said, al-Qaeda's global leadership has lost three senior officers, including two who succumbed "to violence," an apparent reference to Predator strikes that killed terrorist leaders Abu Laith al-Libi and Abu Sulayman al-Jazairi in Pakistan. He also cited a successful blow against "training activity" in the region but offered no details. "Those are the kinds of things that delay and disrupt al-Qaeda's planning," Hayden said. In an upbeat assessment, the spy agency chief said Al-Qaeda is on the defensive in much of the world and essentially defeated in Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Cautioning the terrorist organization remains a threat, Hayden said Osama bin Laden is losing support in the Islamic world and has given up using the Iraq war for recruiting. "On balance, we are doing pretty well," Hayden told The Post. "Near strategic defeat of al-Qaida in Iraq. Near strategic defeat for al-Qaida in Saudi Arabia. Significant setbacks for al-Qaida globally -- and here I'm going to use the word 'ideologically' -- as a lot of the Islamic world pushes back on their form of Islam." Terrorism experts agree with Hayden's assessment, although some say it's too soon to determine whether the gains are permanent, the dispatch said. The United States hasn't captured Osama bin Laden and his chief aide Ayman al-Zawahiri, thought to be in a remote, area along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, generally considered an al-Qaeda safe haven, experts note. Hayden said capturing or killing the pair is a top priority, but it is difficult finding them in a region officially off-limits to the U.S. military.