The Obama administration said Wednesday that al Qaeda and its acolytes—including radicalized Americans—remained the "preeminent security threat to the United States" even after the death last month of Osama bin Laden.
In its first formal document on counterterrorism strategy, the administration said direct attacks on the homeland by foreigners or homegrown militants were its top priority, ahead of such militant-heavy regions as Yemen and the Afghanistan-Pakistan border.
"We seek nothing less than the utter destruction of this evil that calls itself al Qaeda," John Brennan, the president's chief counterterrorism adviser, said in a speech Wednesday.
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