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Al-Qaida grows weaker by the day, says Osama bin Laden aide

Muhammad Amin ul Haq believes war in Afghanistan will change, not end

Muhammad Amin ul Haq, left, says that al-Qaida has steadily weakened since the death of Osama bin Laden ten years ago. (Source photos by Muhammad Amin ul Haq and Getty Images)

ISLAMABAD -- Al-Qaida is "weakening day by day" because the organization has failed to keep active since the killing of Osama bin Laden during a U.S. military raid on his lair in Abbottabad, Pakistan, on May 2, 2011, a close aide told Nikkei Asia on the 10th anniversary of the al-Qaida founder's death.

Muhammad Amin ul Haq -- who, according to a United Nations Security Council webpage, once coordinated security for bin Laden -- said the master terrorist's death was a serious blow to al-Qaida because he was so highly respected by other al-Qaida leaders and also by the Afghan mujahedeen who fought Soviet occupation forces in the 1980s.

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