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On a steady slide. On the ropes. Taking shots to the body and head. That's how White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan described al Qaeda on Wednesday as he offered the first on-record confirmation that al Qaeda's latest second-in-command was killed last week in Pakistan — roughly four months after Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden there.
The Obama administration accused Iran on Thursday of entering into a "secret deal" with an al Qaeda offshoot that provides money and recruits for attacks in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Treasury Department designated six members of the unit as terrorists subject to U.S. sanctions.
The Obama administration is going where no White House has gone before: directly accusing Iran of supporting al Qaeda. This long overdue move to get tough on Tehran deserves to be applauded.