“Knockout blow” against al-Qaeda soon

President Obama’s top adviser on Pakistan, Douglas E. Lute, said Friday that the United States had six months to deliver “a knockout blow” to Al Qaeda’s senior leadership in Pakistan while the group was still in turmoil after the killing of Osama bin Laden.

His comment was widely interpreted to refer to drone strikes, although he did not refer to the operations by name. “This is a period of turbulence for our enemy,” Mr. Lute said in rare public remarks at a security forum here. “This is the time to double down on the opportunity to defeat Al Qaeda.”

New York Times

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