June 27, 2010: CIA Director Leon Panetta said Al Qaeda’s presence in Afghanistan has become so weakened that it is now “relatively small,” with perhaps fewer than 100 members now in the country.
Washington Post “I think at most, we’re looking at maybe 50 to 100, maybe less,” Panetta told ABC’s Jake Tapper, adding that “there’s no question that the main location of Al Qaeda is in tribal areas of Pakistan.”
Sept. 11, 2010: Al-Qaeda and the Taliban have joined forces against the U.S. and its allies, their ranks swelled by an influx of foreign fighters. Al Jazeera gained exclusive access to a Taliban group in N. Afghanistan.
Gee, do you think this has anything to do with the Commander-in-Chief announcing a definite pull-out date?