Briefing Bullets: Panetta in Portugal

From Defense Secretary Leon Panetta’s seaside briefing in Lisbon, Portugal:

ON MALI:

"There is no consideration of putting any American boots on the ground at this time."

ON AFGHANISTAN:

"We will do everything possible to maintain an enduring presence in Afghanistan beyond the end of 2014."

ON AL QAEDA:

"We have to continue the effort to go after al Qaeda where it decides to locate.  There's an al Qaeda presence in Syria that concerns us."

DOD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

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