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Panetta Details Steps Needed to End al-Qaida Threat By Cheryl Pellerin American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, Nov. 20, 2012 – For the United States and its allies, ending the al-Qaida threat calls for a modified military footprint, close work with partners and continued U.S. involvement in regions of the world where violent extremism has flourished, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said tonight. Addressing a large audience here at the Center for a New American Security, the secretary discussed significant national security challenges and opportunities ahead. He also outlined priorities that characterize the approaching end of the longest period of sustained armed conflict in the nation’s history. The priorities, Panetta said, are fighting the war against al-Qaida and its affiliates, ending the war in Afghanistan, implementing the new defense strategy, meeting fiscal re...

Full article: http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=118606

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