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U.S. believes it can now destroy al-Qaida after killing bin Laden

White House counter-terrorism chief calls killing of al-Qaida leader latest in series of operations delivering a 'serious blow' to terrorist organization's central network.

By Reuters via Haaretz

May 3, 2011 | 11:33 am

The United States will aim to destroy al-Qaida’s central organization now that its leader Osama bin Laden has been killed and its capabilities degraded by U.S. operations, a top White House adviser said on Tuesday.

Since the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, al-Qaida has spawned affiliated groups in the Middle East and North Africa and inspired attacks by so-called home-grown militants in Europe and the United States.

But White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan said bin Laden’s death was the latest in a series of U.S. operations that have delivered “severe body blows” to al-Qaida’s central network in Pakistan and Afghanistan over the past year.

Read more at Haaretz.com.

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