Al Qaeda diminished but still a challenge: Obama
WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The core of the Al Qaeda terrorist network has been destroyed in the Afghan-Pakistan border region, but the group still poses a threat, US President Barack Obama said on Friday.
“We've done an incredible job in going after and systematically dismantling the core al Qaeda network that was operating primarily in the FATA region between Afghanistan and Pakistan,” Obama told soldiers at Forte Meade.
However, he said, the organisation continued to pose a threat despite being diminished. The radical, violent extremist group had metastasised and spread to other areas, he added, explaining ground zero for its activities was currently in Syria. The Islamic State was also active in the embattled country.
“Despite the progress we’ve made in Afghanistan, it’s still critically important that we’ve got thousands of trainers and advisors who are supporting the Afghan military efforts there. Our combat role is complete, but we still have to make sure that they are getting the kind of help and assistance that they need,” he remarked.
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