WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says al-Qaida has been weakened by the death of several leaders in U.S. strikes and decentralized. And that lessens prospects for a Sept. 11-type attack against America.
Terrorism experts agree with Obama's claim that the chief terror threat comes from al-Qaida affiliates based in the Middle East and Africa, not from the terrorist group's core leadership in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
But they argue that this restructured al-Qaida is perhaps stronger than it has been in recent years.
They say top al-Qaida leaders have relocated to work with affiliates in other parts of the world, proving that the threat against the U.S. cannot be stamped out with drone attacks on al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan.