Remember the assurances by Barack Obama just before his re-election in 2012 that Al Qaeda was on the run?
GM is alive: Osama bin Laden is dead was repeated over and over by Washington Democrats.
Just eighteen months later the State Department reports that a surge in the number of aggressive Al Qaeda affiliates and like-minded groups the Middle East and North Africa poses a serious threat to U.S. interests and allies with a more than 40 percent increase in terrorist attacks worldwide between 2012 and 2013.
The department also singled out Iran as a major state sponsor of terrorism that continues to defy demands it prove its atomic ambitions are peaceful even as Washington pursues negotiations with Tehran over its nuclear program.
In its annual global terrorism report, the department said that losses in Al Qaeda's core leadership in Pakistan and Afghanistan "accelerated" the network's decentralization in 2013. That has resulted in more autonomous and more aggressive affiliates, notably in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, northwest Africa, and Somalia, it said.
Full report here.