It seems like it was just yesterday when Barack Obama announced,
“Al-Qaeda is decimated.”
But that was just a line to help him get reelected.
Now, even Obama admits that Al-Qaeda is on the rise.
Yesterday, President Barack Obama pledged Friday to help combat an increasingly active al-Qaeda in Iraq.
President Barack Obama pledged Friday to help combat an increasingly active al-Qaeda in Iraq but stopped short of announcing new commitments of assistance sought by Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Al-Maliki came to the White House requesting additional aid, including weapons and help with intelligence, to fight insurgent violence that has spiked in Iraq since American troops left in 2011.
“Unfortunately al-Qaeda has still been active and has grown more active recently,” Obama said at the end of a nearly two-hour meeting. “So we had a lot of discussion about how we can work together to push back against that terrorist organization that operates not only in Iraq, but also poses a threat to the entire region and to the United States.”
Al-Maliki declined to discuss the details of his request for U.S. assistance but said the meeting was “very positive.”
“We talked about the way of countering terrorism, and we had similar position and similar ideas,” he said.