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Latest John Brennan Items
President Obama's top counterterrorism official said Thursday that al Qaeda is "an organization in distress" as it reels from the death of founder Osama bin Laden and other top operatives
Ten years after the attacks of Sept. 11 and the start of the war on terror, it is fair to ask: Where do we stand in this struggle? Listening to the rhetoric of the White House, it would be easy to get the impression that Washington is just days away from declaring "Mission accomplished." With the death in May of Osama bin Laden at the hands of U.S. commandos, the United States "is within reach of strategically defeating al Qaeda," newly appointed Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta told reporters in July.
The U.S.-led war against al Qaeda is relentless and will not end, even if the United States or its allies kill the terrorist group's new leader, Ayman al-Zawahri, the Obama administration's top counterterrorism official said on Wednesday.
In the aftermath of the secret U.S. raid to kill Osama bin Laden, Pakistani officials want a detailed agreement spelling out U.S. rules of engagement inside Pakistan, officials in both countries say, but Washington's refusal to sign a binding document threatens to create another point of friction in the long-troubled relationship.
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's new counterterrorism strategy — the first since the killing of Osama bin Laden last month — will focus on would-be terrorists in the United States who are inspired by al Qaeda's "hateful ideology," the president's top adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism said Wednesday.
A confidential report by the United Nations warns that the invasion by Sudan's military of the contested Abyei region could lead to "ethnic cleansing" if the tens of thousands of residents who have fled are not able to return.
The head of a coalition of Gulf countries seeking to broker an end to Yemen's political crisis gave up on Wednesday and left the country, opposition and government leaders said.
President Barack Obama's promised trip to Pakistan this year, once seen as a reward for a key ally in the fight against terrorism, is now a looming headache for the White House as it tries to determine whether the government in Islamabad was complicit in allowing Osama bin Laden to live for years within the country's borders.