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US Has No Idea Whether Al Qaeda Is Beat

Wired  |  By Posted: 05/ 1/2012 11:28 am Updated: 05/ 1/2012 11:31 am

Osama Bin Laden
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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Filed by Eline Gordts  |