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Topic - Michael A. Sheehan
The man who leads the Pentagon's secret war against al Qaeda and its allies believes it is likely to last another decade or two, and that the current legal basis for it provided by Congress in 2001 continues to be sound, despite the changing character of the enemy.
"It serves its purpose," he said of the statute, which authorized war against the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, al Qaeda, and those who harbored them, the Taliban.
"As of right now, it suits us very well," Michael A. Sheehan, the assistant secretary of defense for special operations, told a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday, referring to the "Authorization to Use Military Force," passed by Congress in 2001.