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National Edition News cover for June 15, 2014 - Al-Baghdadi, a brutal contender for bin Laden's mantle, emerges in Iraq: A militant looms over a compound abandoned by Iraqi troops near Tikrit. Counterterrorism officials say the rarely seen Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi may be the most dangerous terrorist leader in the post-bin Laden world. (Associated Press)

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David Sedney, former deputy assistant defense secretary overseeing Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, says Obama's plan would apply obsolete tactics like "semi-blindly firing Tomahawk missiles into training camps hours after bin Laden had flown the coop." (Associated Press)

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LED IN: David Sedney, former deputy assistant defense secretary overseeing Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, says Obama's plan would apply obsolete tactics like "semi-blindly firing Tomahawk missiles into training camps hours after bin Laden had flown the coop." (Associated Press)

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David Sedney, former deputy assistant defense secretary overseeing Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia, says Obama's plan would apply obsolete tactics like "semi-blindly firing Tomahawk missiles into training camps hours after bin Laden had flown the coop." (Associated Press)

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John Brennan, President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, refused to answer questions about whether the video unfairly capitalizes on bin Laden's death. (Associated Press)

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"Thanks to President Obama, bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," Vice President Joseph R. Biden said in a speech, keeping with the campaign ad theme. (Associated Press)

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"Thanks to President Obama, bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive," Vice President Joseph R. Biden said in a speech, keeping with the campaign ad theme. (Associated Press)

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John Brennan, President Obama's chief counterterrorism adviser, refused to answer questions about whether the video unfairly capitalizes on bin Laden's death. (Associated Press)

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Ghulam Farooq Wardak, Afghanistan's education minister and a member of a peace council in charge of reconciliation efforts with the Taliban, sees a post-bin Laden opportunity for accord. (Official Presidential Palace Photo)

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"What became pretty obvious with [bin Laden's] death is that he was pretty irrelevant," said Australian Maj. Gen. Michael G. Krause, deputy chief of staff of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.