As al-Qaida Grows, Leaders Remain a Global Threat
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Far from being on the brink of collapse, al-Qaida's core leadership remains a potent threat - and one that experts say has encouraged the terror network's spread into more countries than it was operating in immediately after 9/11.
Al-Qaida hubs are thriving along the Iraqi-Syrian border, in northern Africa and, in the most serious risk to the U.S., in Yemen.
White House spokesman Jay Carney on Tuesday derided al-Qaida's core leadership as "severely diminished" and "decimated."
But the Obama administration this week closed 19 U.S. diplomatic outposts and evacuated the U.S. Embassy in Yemen after intelligence officials said they had intercepted a message from al-Qaida's top leader that posed risks for Americans abroad.
Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri has long envisioned a global terror network of affiliates to ensure its survival.
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