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'Core' Al Qaeda Closes U.S. Diplomatic Facilities

8:20 AM, Aug 3, 2013 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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If the CNN and Wall Street Journal accounts are correct, then Wuhayshi is now the general manager for al Qaeda’s global operations.

He is, by any standard, a “core” al Qaeda member.

And the Obama administration’s and U.S. intelligence community’s definition of al Qaeda needs to be reworked.

Twenty-two American diplomatic facilities across a large swath of the globe are closed this weekend because “core” al Qaeda isn’t just located in South Asia.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

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