That's not the whole article, the entire page is a very good read.Core al Qaeda is Down, But Not Out
Since 9/11, the United States has made significant advances in targeting al Qaeda’s core leaders and members in Afghanistan and Pakistan. However, while core al Qaeda is down, it is not yet out of the fight. As Senator Lieberman warned the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade: “To borrow a phrase used by David Petraeus, the progress we have achieved against core al Qaeda is real and significant. But it is also fragile and reversible.”
Indeed, the presence of American and NATO-led military forces in Afghanistan has enabled the U.S.-led coalition’s progress in combating core al Qaeda in South Asia. However, U.S. and allied troops have steadily drawn down since 2011, and could withdraw completely by year’s end if Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s successor doesn’t quickly sign the pending Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA). This agreement would allow U.S. troops to remain in Afghanistan after 2014, continue training Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), and conduct counterterrorism operations in the region.
While U.S. military leaders have recommended that Washington maintain a post-2014 force of at least 10,000 American troops in Afghanistan, the Obama administration is mulling a “zero option” in which all U.S. troops would leave by the end of the year. A total withdrawal would deal a serious blow not only to the country, which held a successful first round in its presidential election in early April, but also to America’s regional efforts to combat terrorism. As Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper bluntly warned the Senate in January 2014, al Qaeda’s core already “hopes for a resurgence following the drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan in 2014.”
So what is the U.S. supposed to do? If we pull out and end the war, the terrorists will just regroup.
Also, the article mentions they are hiding in certain countries in Africa.
The last thing the U.S. needs is another "9/11" with a bad economy, bad education, and other major issues.
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Personally I don't think there is a huge amount they can do anymore, you can only do so much against 'terrorism' and you can never wipe it out completely.
I wouldn't worry too much about another 9/11 but our armed forces have been training the Afghan National Security Forces for over a decade and sooner or later they're going to have to become independent.
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