In a recent article, well-known CNN national security analyst Peter Bergen claims that al-Qaeda is defeated and that it is time to declare victory over the vaunted terrorist organization. While the elimination of Osama bin Laden and his top deputies over the past year signals major strides against the organization, the U.S. still faces formidable threats from terrorists associated with and inspired by al-Qaeda and its virulent anti-U.S. agenda.

While the Obama Administration has committed to withdrawing U.S. combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, that does not mean the U.S. can simply turn away from the country and hope for the best. If the Taliban is able to regain influence in Afghanistan without breaking ties to international terrorism, it would provide an opportunity for al-Qaeda and other extremist groups to revive and regroup in the region.

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