Morning Brief: Al Qaeda on the ropes?
Top Story Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images for Meet the Press Al Qaeda is more or less defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to CIA Director Michael Hayden. In an interview with the Washington Post, the spy chief says, “On balance, we are doing pretty well” against the terrorist group. Experts caution, however, that these gains could ...
Al Qaeda is more or less defeated in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to CIA Director Michael Hayden. In an interview with the Washington Post, the spy chief says, “On balance, we are doing pretty well” against the terrorist group. Experts caution, however, that these gains could easily be reversed.
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