Is Africa New Al-Qaeda Launch Pad? Experts Say Global Threat Emerging

Shortly before leaving the Capitol following President Obama’s inauguration Monday, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta was asked about an al-Qaeda affiliate’s recent attack on an Algerian gas plant in which three Americans workers were among the 37 dead.

“I’m glad we were able to get some rescued,” Panetta said. “That just tells us al-Qaeda is committed to creating terror wherever they are, and we’ve got to fight back.”

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