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Al-Qaeda relying on Taliban in Afghanistan

US intelligence reports are indicating that al-Qaeda has become increasingly dependent on Taliban factions in recent months.  Some estimates claim that less than 100 members of al-Qaeda are left in Afghanistan, with the vast majority having crossed the border into Pakistan.  While officials are divided on the full impact of this new dynamic, some policy makers are claiming that al-Qaeda is now closer to some Taliban factions.  This would seem to undermine the strength of Vice President Joseph Biden’s proposal that the United States reduce force presence and prosecute al-Qaeda through the use of aerial drones.  A reduction in US forces would seemingly provide al-Qaeda an opportunity to resettle in Afghanistan and contribute to the effort to overthrow the Hamid Karzai’s regime.

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