In Wake of Bin Laden's death, Al Qaeda Remains Lethal

A year after leader's death, al Qaeda's Yemen affiliate is most feared by U.S. officials.

Osama Bin Laden

An undated file photo shows then-al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, in Afghanistan.


That view is also held at high levels of the U.S. intelligence community.

"It's hard to declare victory," says the senior intel official, "when the ideology lives, and the [jihadist] movement is alive and relatively healthy."

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