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War on Al-Qaida to go on for a decade or two

War on Al-Qaida to go on for a decade or two

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May 17, 2013 - 11:56

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A senior Pentagon official has indicated during a congressional hearing the war on Al-Qaida and its affiliate will continue for a decade or two, an American newspaper reported on Friday.

Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations Michael Sheehan told the Senate Armed Services Committee the war on Al-Qaida, Talibaninfo-icon and other extremist outfits would go on for up to 20 years.

As Congressmen hinted at rethinking the broad authority it gave the president to wage a war on terror after the 9/11 attacks, Sheehan insisted the law should remain in place, according to the Washington Post.

During the testimony, Sen. John McCain remarked the authority was no longer applicable to the conditions that motivated the Congress to pass the authorisation for the use of military force.

Addressing Pentagon officials, the former presidential candidate said: "Basically you've got carte blanche as to what you are doing throughout the worldinfo-icon."

While rejecting objections to the expansion of drone strikes, Sheehan and Defense Department’s acting counsel Robert S. Taylor said there were no geographic boundaries on future use against the Al-Qaeda and the groups linked to it.

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