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By Howard Altman
Copyright 2014 The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune
TAMPA, Fla. — As the man responsible for synchronizing the global war on terrorism, Adm. William McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, laid out for congress his vision for the future of a force that continues to fray, but will be increasingly called upon around the globe.
“The greatest threat to the homeland is al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula,” said McRaven, referring to the jihadi “franchise” group active in Yemen during his remarks to the House Armed Services Committee. McRaven flew from his MacDill Air Force Base headquarters in Tampa to present Socom’s annual “posture statement” — a report on the command’s present operations and future goals and needs — to the House Armed Services Committee.
As “core al-Qaida has been degraded significantly” after 13 years of war, McRaven told the committee that the jihadi group and its ideology has “metastasized” worldwide.