US waging wider war on al Qaida
Published 21/11/2012 | 04:24
US defence secretary Leon Panetta has said America's fight against al Qaida terrorists is taking a new direction - moving beyond declared war zones such as Afghanistan and requiring more partnering with foreign commandos.
In a speech to a Washington think-tank Mr Panetta said al Qaida had been badly damaged by a decade of US-led counter-terrorism operations around the world. But he stressed that the group remained a threat.
To achieve what he called "the beginning of the end" of al Qaida, Mr Panetta said the US would need to finish the war in Afghanistan in a way that prevented the group from re-establishing major havens in the country.