(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said there is “no question” that al-Qaeda is on the run, even though U.S. outposts remain closed due to terror threats throughout the world.
“We do stand by that,” Carney said on Tuesday when asked if he stands by his previous comments that al-Qaeda has been weakened despite the recent threat, according to the pool report.
“There's no question that core al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been severely diminished,” he said.
“It's leadership decimated and there's no question it's on the run.”
“For many years now, it has been less organized and less capable of coordinating attacks on a scale that it was able to do, most notably on 9-11,” Carney said. “And that remains the case."
Carney’s comments came while on Air Force One headed to Phoenix for President Barack Obama’s jobs’ speech on Tuesday.
Nineteen U.S. diplomatic posts remain closed in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia due to an unspecified threat from al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
President Obama based his reelection campaign on “Bin Laden is dead, GM is alive,” often saying that the terrorist group has been decimated.
“We said that we would go after al Qaeda, and they are on the run and bin Laden is dead,” Obama said on Sept. 28, 2012.