US approaching 'tipping point' in war with Al-Qaeda, says top American lawyer
The United States is approaching a 'tipping point' in its war with Al-Qaeda beyond which it will no longer be regarded as a military conflict, a top American lawyer has said.
Defense Department's top lawyer Jeh Johnson predicted that the terror network would become so "effectively destroyed" that it would no longer have any capacity to be able to launch another attack on America.
"There will come a tipping point," the Telegraph quoted Johnson, as saying.
"A tipping point at which so many of the leaders and operatives of Al-Qaeda and its affiliates have been killed or captured, and the group is no longer able to attempt or launch a strategic attack against the United States," he added.
According to the paper, Johnson said that when that time comes the responsibility for tackling Al-Qaeda should pass to the police and other law enforcement agencies.
Johnson said that it was time to consider how the conflict could be concluded.
"Now that efforts by the US military against Al-Qaeda are in their 12th year, we must also ask ourselves: how will this conflict end?" he said.