Here is an excerpt of his remarks:
So, where are we in our fight against al-Qaida? The record is mixed. On the one hand:
• We see continued terrorist attacks by supporters of an uncompromising ideology.
• Terrorists have learned to increase their lethality AND their political impact; and
• They are drawn to unstable and/or ungoverned territories where they fight, form bonds, draw recruits and further develop their trade.
On the other hand, there are reasons for optimism:
• U.S. and allied governments have impacted many of al-Qaida’s most lethal capabilities. The group is forced to perpetually rebuild. I’m proud to say DIA was instrumental in many of these successes.
• The ideology driving al-Qaida is showing signs of wear and its popularity appears to be waning and more Muslim voices publicly challenge its tenets.
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