Jul. 29, 2014

Defense Intelligence Agency Head: Al-Qaida’s Core Strong

Head of the Defense Intelligence Agency Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn may be retiring next month, but his assessment of terrorism today is still relevant. Thirteen years, two wars and an excess of $6 trillion spent fighting terrorism and the security threat is just as high. As for Obama’s pronouncement that al-Qaida is decimated? Flynn says no person is at the center of al-Qaida because it’s an idea. “I, you know, have been going against these guys for a long time,” he told a reporter at the Aspen Security Forum. The most important thing “is the core belief that these individuals have – and it’s not on the run. That ideology is actually, sadly, it feels like it’s exponentially growing.” Unfortunately, Obama didn’t strike ISIL, a bastion of al-Qaida, when they were regrouping in the desert of Iraq last year, which led to its ability to establish itself in a vast swath of the Middle East. More…

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