Leon Panetta & Al Qaeda
July 10, 2011 by staff
Leon Panetta & Al Qaeda, U.S. is available to strategically defeat al-Qaeda after the death of Osama bin Laden and is ready to go after other key leaders of the terrorist network in Pakistan and Yemen to put “maximum pressure” on him, the new defense secretary, Leon Panetta said.
“I was convinced in my capacity as before (as head of the CIA) and I am convinced that in this capacity that’s within reach of the strategic defeat of Al Qaeda and hope to be able to focus on that work, obviously, with my agency before too, “said Panetta reporters en route to Kabul, his first foreign trip as Secretary of Defense.
“My goal is to defeat al-Qaeda, which we have clearly made an important first step with which to get rid of bin Laden,” he said, adding he wants to establish enough stability in Iraq and Afghanistan for al-Qaeda and their militant allies find no refuge there.
Panetta said the U.S. available to us to aim high leaders of Al Qaeda.
“Having got bin Laden, we have now identified some of the key leaders of al-Qaeda in Pakistan and in Yemen and other areas,” he said.
“If we succeed in going after them, I really can undermine their ability to make any kind of planning to carry out any attack against Iran, but I think it’s at your fingertips. Will take on more work? Absolutely. But I think it’s within reach, “he said.
“I will not list all the names we have, you know, but we’re talking at this stage of the game, I’d say around 10 to 20 key leaders from Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia, AQIM in North Africa, if we go for them I think can really strategic defeat al-Qaeda, “he said.
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