August 7th, 2013
09:30 PM ET

U.S. steps up drone strikes: Is al Qaeda really "on the run"?

Is al Qaeda really on the run?

President Obama seemed a little unsure:

"Al Qaeda's top ranks have been hammered. The core of al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan is on the way to defeat." Obama continued, "al Qaeda affiliates and like-minded extremists still threaten our homeland, still threaten our diplomatic facilities, still threaten our businesses abroad.

So does it really lessen the threat if the core of al Qaeda has been hammered - but its affiliates are spreading and actively plotting against the United States?

It's hard to know.

But one thing we do know - the Obama administration has just stepped up its use of drones to kill terrorists.
Just how effective are they? And are they worth the risks?

Barbara Starr has this OutFront investigation.

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