Obama calls al-Qaida 'shadow of former self'

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Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:00 am

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says al-Qaida is a "shadow of its former self," and does not pose the kind of threat to America that requires tens of thousands of U.S. troops to fight abroad.

In his State of the Union address Tuesday, the president said U.S. troops will continue pursuing the remnants of al-Qaida in Afghanistan for a number of years.

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