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al Qaida Still Threat, Panetta Says at 9/11 NYC Memorial Site

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Actions to combat al-Qaida have left it less capable but the terrorist network is still planning attacks, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Tuesday.

The AP reports Panetta spoke with reporters after touring the National September 11 Memorial and Museum site in New York City.

Many top al-Qaida leaders, including Osama bin Laden, have been captured or killed in recent months, weakening the network.

Now the nature of the threat has evolved to where al-Qaida nodes outside of Afghanistan and Pakistan are the most dangerous, Panetta said.

“They continue to plan attacks, and I don’t think we can take anything for granted,” Panetta said according to AFPS.

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