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Al Qaeda Driven from Afghanistan

Why aren't we jumping for joy that Al Qaeda has been forced out of Afghanistan? The terrorist network is now using nuclear-armed Pakistan as its base of operations, says General David Petraeus. Performing his regular tour of duty on the Sunday talk shows, Petraeus said minor elements of Al Qaeda remain in Afghanistan, but its central infrastructure is rooted in the country's unstable neighbor to the east. The general added that the terrorist network has suffered "very significant losses" recently. Nevertheless, he said Osama bin Laden and his top deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, are alive and still in command. Petraeus also noted that the Taliban's growing influence has "galvanized all of Pakistan" and that the very existence of the country is at stake.