Obama says al-Qaeda leadership decimated, hard to launch big attacks

Obama says al-Qaeda leadership decimated, hard to launch big attacks
# 04 October 2011 03:19 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday said al-Qaeda’s leadership has been decimated, although the terror network remains dangerous, it is difficult for them to launch spectacular attacks such as 9/11, APA reports quoting Xinhua.

Obama made the remarks in a one-on-one interview session with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, which was streamed live on the web. He said by targeting al-Qaeda’s leadership, the United States has pushed the group to approach a point where it’s difficult to replace those killed.

The president was referring to recent successful raid in killing Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S. born cleric who served as an important leader of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

Despite the successes, Obama said al-Qaeda is still dangerous, and remains no. 1 enemy of the United States. But he said it will be difficult for them to launch spectacular attacks such as the ones orchestrated on Sept. 11, 2001.
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