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Al-Qaida has changed shape, but is it weaker?
Al-Qaida has decentralized, but is it weaker or gaining strength?
By DEB RIECHMANN
Associated Press
2014-06-01 11:42 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama says al-Qaida has been weakened by the death of several leaders in U.S. strikes and decentralized. And that lessens prospects for a Sept. 11-type attack against America.

Terrorism experts agree with Obama's claim that the chief terror threat comes from al-Qaida affiliates based in the Middle East and Africa, not from the terrorist group's core leadership in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

But they argue that this restructured al-Qaida is perhaps stronger than it has been in recent years.

They say top al-Qaida leaders have relocated to work with affiliates in other parts of the world, proving that the threat against the U.S. cannot be stamped out with drone attacks on al-Qaida leaders in Pakistan.

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