U.S. Counterterror Chief: al Qaeda now on the ropes.

On a steady slide. On the ropes. Taking shots to…

On a steady slide. On the ropes. Taking shots to the body and head.

That’s how White House counterterrorism chief John Brennan described Al Qaeda on Wednesday as he offered the first on-record confirmation that Al Qaeda’s latest second-in-command was killed last week in Pakistan — roughly four months after Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden there.

In an Associated Press interview, Brennan said the death of Atiyah Abd al-Rahman in Pakistan’s tribal areas last week was a “huge blow” to the group, damaging the network and keeping Al Qaeda’s leadership too busy trying to hide to plot new attacks. Al-Rahman reportedly was hit by a CIA drone strike.

Source: The Associated Press via Fox News.

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