US Strategy to Focus on Al-Qaeda and Homegrown Extremists

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The White House announced a National Strategy for Counterterrorism on Wednesday, focusing their initiatives on rooting out Al-Qaeda and shielding the US homeland. John Brennan, assistant to President Obama for counterterrorism and homeland security, said that the new strategy “formalizes the approach that we’ve been pursuing and adapting for the past two and half years to prevent terrorist attacks and to ensure al-Qaeda’s demise.” Brennan also said that the strategy also focuses on homegrown extremists, the ability of al-Qaeda and its affiliates to “inspire people in the United States to attack us from within.”