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Al-Qaeda ‘Cancer’ Spreads With U.S. in Pursuit, Panetta Says

Al-Qaeda and affiliated terrorist groups have spread beyond Afghanistan and Pakistan and must be pursued by other countries with help from U.S. military commandos, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

“We have slowed the primary cancer -- but we know the cancer has also metastasized to other parts of the global body” despite American military gains against al-Qaeda in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen in the last decade, Panetta said in a speech yesterday in Washington.