Petraeus: al-Qaida Not Operating in Afghanistan

The chief of the U.S. Central Command says al-Qaida no longer is operating in Afghanistan. But Gen. David Petraeus (peh-TRAY'-uhs) says affiliated organizations still have "enclaves and sanctuaries" in the country.

Petraeus says al-Qaida, which carried out the Sept. 11 attacks, has suffered "very significant losses" in recent months in its hide-outs across the rugged, mountainous border in Pakistan.

Petraeus spoke Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union" praising Pakistan for its offensive to root out Taliban militants sheltering al-Qaida.

Still, speaking on "Fox News Sunday," Petraeus later said that Taliban militants are a "true threat" to the existence of Pakistan.

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