News / USA

Al-Qaida 'on the Path to Defeat,' Says Clinton

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, (L) Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) participate in the opening bell ceremonies of the New York Stock Exchange, September 9, 2011. The New York Stock Exchange held ceremonies to ma
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, (L) Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) participate in the opening bell ceremonies of the New York Stock Exchange, September 9, 2011. The New York Stock Exchange held ceremonies to ma

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday al-Qaida is “on the path to defeat” and that the United States will not relent until the job is done.

But she added the reported new terrorist threat against New York or Washington to coincide with the 9/11 anniversary should come as no surprise, and is a continuing reminder of the stakes in the struggle against violent extremism.

“We are taking this threat seriously," Clinton said. "Federal, state and local authorities are taking all steps to address it. And of course making it public, as was done yesterday, is intended to enlist the millions and millions of New Yorkers and Americans to be the eyes and ears of vigilance.”

Police in New York and Washington, D.C. are on high alert after the federal government Thursday confirmed there is what officials call a credible threat of an al-Qaida terrorist attack in the two cities this weekend.

Speaking at New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice Friday, Clinton said Americans should  proceed with their lives as usual but be part of the “great network of unity and support against terrorism" that has emerged over the past decade.

Clinton said the killing of Osama bin Laden by U.S. forces in May put the al-Qaida terrorism network on the path to defeat but more must be done.

“To truly defeat a terror network, we need to attack its finances, recruitment and safe havens," she said. "We need to take on its ideology, counter its propaganda and diminish its appeal so that every community recognizes the threat that extremists pose to them.”

The secretary said terrorism can take root in zones of crisis and poverty and flourish under repression, and said there can be no bigger rebuke to al-Qaida than the “Arab Spring” uprisings in the Middle East.

“So it is very much in the interests of the United States to support the development of strong and stable democracies in the region. That is what we are doing, and we are trying to assist both the people and the transitional governments to create economic opportunity and embrace the rule of law.”

She said there are some countries that still allow their territory to be used by terrorist financiers and facilitators.

“This is like planting weeds in your garden and then acting surprised when they choke the flowers. It is counter-productive and ultimately self-defeating, and we will continue to argue against such practices in public and private.”

In a new initiative, Clinton said the United States and Turkey will be founding co-chairs of a Global Counterterrorism Forum, which will initially include 28 other countries and share expertise and best practices in the terrorism fight.

You May Like

Uganda Court Annuls Anti-Gay Law

Court says law was passed in parliament without enough members present for a full quorum More

Multimedia Thailand Makes Efforts to Improve Conditions for Migrant Laborers

In Thailand, its not uncommon for parents to bring their children to work; one company, in-collaboration with other organizations, address safety concerns More

In Indonesia, Jihad Video Raises Concern

Video calls on Indonesians to join Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, ISIL More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
In Thailand, Some Efforts to Improve Conditions For Migrant Laborersi
X
Steve Herman
August 01, 2014 6:22 PM
Thailand has been facing increasing international scrutiny as a hub of human trafficking and slave labor. Some of the kingdom’s companies are striving to improve working conditions, especially for the millions of migrant laborers from surrounding countries. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok takes a look at one initiative for children at construction sites
Video

Video In Thailand, Some Efforts to Improve Conditions For Migrant Laborers

Thailand has been facing increasing international scrutiny as a hub of human trafficking and slave labor. Some of the kingdom’s companies are striving to improve working conditions, especially for the millions of migrant laborers from surrounding countries. VOA Correspondent Steve Herman in Bangkok takes a look at one initiative for children at construction sites
Video

Video Public Raises its Voice on Power Plant Pollution

In the United States, proposed rules to cut pollution from the nation’s 600 coal-fired power plants are generating a heated debate. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, charged with writing and implementing the plan, has already received 300,000 written comments. As VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports, another 1,600 people are lining up this week at EPA headquarters and at satellite offices around the country to give their testimony in person.
Video

Video Information War Rages Alongside Real One in Ukraine

The downing of the Malaysian airliner two weeks ago, and allegations that Russians are shelling Ukrainian troops across the border, have moved the information war swirling around the Ukrainian conflict to a new level. VOA's Al Pessin reports from Kyiv.
Video

Video When Fighting Eases, Gazans Line Up at Bakeries

When there is a lull in the conflict in Gaza, residents who have been hunkered down in their apartments rush out to stock up on food and other necessities. Probably the most important destination is the local bakery. VOA’s Scott Bobb reports from Gaza City.
Video

Video China Investigates Powerful Former Security Chief

The public in China is welcoming the Communist Party's decision to investigate one of the country's once most powerful politicians, former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang. Analysts say the move by President Xi Jinping is not only an effort to win more support for the party, but an essential step to furthering much needed economic reforms and removing those who would stand in the way of change. VOA's Bill Ide has more from Beijing.
Video

Video US-Funded Program Offers Honduran Children Alternative to Illegal Immigration

President Obama and Central American leaders recently agreed to come up with a plan to address poverty and crime in the region that is fueling the surge of young migrants trying to illegally enter the United States. VOA’s Brian Padden looks at one such program in Honduras - funded in part by the United States - which gives street kids not only food and safety but a chance for a better life without, crossing the border.
Video

Video 'Fab Lab' Igniting Revolution in Kenya

The University of Nairobi’s Science and Technology Park is banking on 3-D prototyping to spark a manufacturing revolution in the country. Lenny Ruvaga has more for from Nairobi's so-called “FabLab” for VOA.
Video

Video Immigrant Influx on Texas Border Heats Up Political Debate

Immigrants from Central America continue to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in south Texas, seeking asylum in the United States, as officials grapple with ways to deal with the problem and provide shelter for thousands of minors among the illegal border crossers. As VOA's Greg Flakus reports from Houston, the issue is complicated by internal U.S. politics and U.S. relations with the troubled nations that immigrants are fleeing.

AppleAndroid