President Barack Obama on Tuesday warned al Qaeda and its leaders that the US would target them not only in their bases in Afghanistan and Pakistan but also in any part of the world where they take roots.
"It should now be clear. The United States and our partners have sent an unmistakable message: We will target al Qaeda wherever they take root; we will not yield in our pursuit and we are developing the capacity and the cooperation to deny a safe haven to any one who threaten America and its allies," Obama said in his remarks at the National Counter Terrorism Centre in McLean, Virginia.
Obama said al Qaeda and its extremist allies threaten the US from different corners of the globe -- not only from Pakistan, but also from East Africa and Southeast Asia; from Europe and the Gulf.
"That's why we're applying focused and relentless pressure on al Qaeda -- by sharing more intelligence, strengthening the capacity of our partners, disrupting terrorist financing, cutting off supply chains, and inflicting major losses on al Qaeda's leadership," he said.
Obama observed that it is not enough to destroy the network of al quada but the militant outfit should be wiped out completely to build a safe future.
"It must be about the future that we want to build as well. And that's why we're putting forward a positive vision of American leadership around the world -- one where we lead by example, and engage nations and peoples on the basis of mutual interest and mutual respect," he said. PTI