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Over the last six months, 11 of al Qaeda’s top leaders living along the Afghan-Pakistani border have been killed by drone airstrikes. During that same time, security in southern and eastern Afghanistan deteriorated. So, observes proven provider John McCreary: That kill ratio proves that al Qaida leaders are not the key drivers in the Afghan ...

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Over the last six months, 11 of al Qaeda's top leaders living along the Afghan-Pakistani border have been killed by drone airstrikes. During that same time, security in southern and eastern Afghanistan deteriorated.

So, observes proven provider John McCreary:

That kill ratio proves that al Qaida leaders are not the key drivers in the Afghan insurgency which surged far past 2007 levels of violence during the same period."

Over the last six months, 11 of al Qaeda’s top leaders living along the Afghan-Pakistani border have been killed by drone airstrikes. During that same time, security in southern and eastern Afghanistan deteriorated.

So, observes proven provider John McCreary:

That kill ratio proves that al Qaida leaders are not the key drivers in the Afghan insurgency which surged far past 2007 levels of violence during the same period.”

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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