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http://www.militarytimes.com/news/2012/11/dn-panetta-says-america-expand-fight-against-al-qaida-112012/ SecDef: U.S. to ‘expand’ fight against al-Qaida By John T. Bennett - Staff writer Posted : Tuesday Nov 20, 2012 21:25:39 EST The Obama administration intends to expand the 11-year-old fight against al-Qaida and other Islamic extremist groups. This expansion will include operations in and partnerships with new nations, as well as adding more U.S. commandos and drone aircraft. That was the image sketched Tuesday by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta during a speech in Washington in which he sent this muscular message to al-Qaida and Taliban leaders: “We are not going anywhere.” But his contentions that the Obama administration is committed to the long-term stability of Afghanistan, and that al-Qaida has been significantly weakened are at odds with views held by congressional R...

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