US scales back its efforts on counter-terrorism and al-Qaeda

Terrorist attacks on mainland America on 9/11 led to the global war on terror (photo:dpa)
Terrorist attacks on mainland America on 9/11 led to the global war on terror (photo:dpa)

Counterterrorism work in the United States looks to be undergoing a fundamental change as the administration reduces its concentration on al-Qaeda. This focus has been maintained since the 2001 terror attacks on the American mainland and led to the capture and death of al-Qaeda’s leader Osama Bin Laden. The question is whether the transformation reflects a shift in focus or just a dissipation of effort.

UNITED STATES President Barrack Obama’s declaration to end the ‘Global war on terrorism’ launched by his predecessor, George W. Bush following the 2001 terrorist attacks on mainland America and its twin towers, was more than a shift in rhetoric.

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