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McCain: Al-Qaeda ‘On the Rise’



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Senator John McCain (R., Ariz.) told Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace today that the Obama administration had engaged in “semantic gymnastics” to claim that the core of al-Qaeda had been decimated.

“You can’t say that and at the same time have to close embassies and consulates all over the Middle East,” McCain said.

The president in a press conference on Friday told reporters that the core of al-Qaeda’s leadership has been “decimated” and that the terrorist group has spun off into regional organizations such as al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

“Look, al-Qaeda’s on the rise, they have been on the rise, they have continued to penetrate,” McCain countered, blaming a “lack of American leadership and policy” for the group’s resurgence.



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