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US Has No Idea Whether Al Qaeda Is Beat

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This April 1998 file photo shows exiled al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. (AP Photo, File)
This April 1998 file photo shows exiled al Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan. (AP Photo, File)

A year ago today, Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden, a capstone event in the decade-long war on terrorism. Bin Laden's death, coupled with other setbacks for the terrorist movement he led, has allowed U.S. officials to muse openly about the ultimate defeat of al-Qaida. There's just one problem: U.S. counterterrorism officials do not know how they would know if the terrorist movement is actually destroyed.

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