Is the core of al Qaeda on its last legs?
Ayman al-Zawahiri became al Qaeda's leader after Osama bin Laden's death a year ago.
April 30th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

Is the core of al Qaeda on its last legs?

By Pam Benson, CNN

No one is writing al Qaeda's obituary yet. But one year after its leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead by U.S. commandos, U.S. officials and experts say the terror network's core group holed up in Pakistan is hemorrhaging and could be in its final days.

CNN National Security Analyst Peter Bergen, for one, maintains that al Qaeda – at least its components based in south central Asia – is in terrible shape.

"Their record of failure speaks for itself: No success in the west since the London attacks of 2005, no attacks in the United States since 9/11 (2001), almost the entire top leadership dead or captured," said Bergen.

Adds Robert Grenier, the former head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, "The movement has essentially been marginalized."

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Check out the full post here at CNN's Security Clearance blog.

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