White House Insists Al Qaeda 'Decimated' Despite Khorasan Threat

ABC News’ Jonathan Karl questions Obama administration claims that “core” Al Qaeda has been decimated.
2:47 | 09/26/14

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I'm -- then later this you know major military operation against a group that was planning an imminent attack the United States is is it is it time to kind of revise and extend what the White House has said over and over again. By claiming. The core al-Qaeda has been decimated. What was it is a clear now that that was simply an incorrect statement. You know beauties to be clear to this data core al-Qaeda has been -- but we just I don't bomb a group that this represents. You know remnants of al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan that -- such a threat that we had to do a major military operation to. To hit them in Syria. Well I think one thing that should be clear is that. These individuals in this organization. In Pakistan and Afghanistan. -- so decimated that they had to flee to another country to try to find another safe haven to try to get into a position where they can carry out attacks against the west. That is -- that's an indication of the constant pressure that they're under right now. It also is an indication United States can needs to continue to be and -- is continuing to be vigilant about the threat that is posed by remnants about. That there are affiliates around the globe that do continue to pose a threat to western interests. And whether it's Somalia or Yemen or yes even in Syria the administration will put in place -- counterterrorism strategy. To deny -- a safe haven to mitigate the threat that they pose and where necessary use military force. Two degrade their ability to strike the west or strike the US homeland so we remain vigilant but there's -- No denying the significant success that we've had. And decimating and destroying core al-Qaeda in Afghanistan.

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