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Panetta: The mission of defeating and deterring al Qaeda is well on the way

CNN's Erin Burnett talks to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta about whether the mission to defeat al Qaeda is accomplished.

Panetta: al Qaeda still No. 1 threat

"The mission of defeating and deterring al Qaeda I think is well on the way towards achieving the mission with regards to Afghanistan." Panetta added, "We have had remarkable success going after special operations against al Qaeda here and we're continuing to do that."

Programming Note: Erin Burnett reports from Kabul with an exclusive interview with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta on the future of Afghanistan and the ongoing fight against al Qaeda.