1. War on Terror

    Panetta: Al Qaeda Almost Defeated

    MANAS AFB, KYRGYZSTAN - JULY 9:  U.S. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (C) walks towards C-17 aircraft after landing and switching planes at Manas Air Force Base as he is enroute to Kabul, Afghanistan to meet with troops, military officials, and government officials July 9, 2011 in Manas Air Force Base, Kyrgyzstan. During a surprise visit to Afghanistan and his first as Defense Secretary, Panetta declared that the United States is "within reach" of "strategically defeating" Al Qaeda as a terrorist threat.  (Photo by Paul J. Richards-Pool/Getty Images)

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    In his first remarks since taking over as Defense secretary, Leon Panetta said that the defeat of al Qaeda is within reach. He said that after the death of Osama bin Laden, eliminating between 10 and 20 key leaders would effectively cripple the group. Panetta added that those leaders are hiding in Yemen, Pakistan, Somalia, and North Africa. He said, “If we can be successful going after them, I think we can undermine their ability to do any kind of planning, to be able to conduct any kind of attack.”

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