Is al-Qaeda more or less of a threat today than it was 10 years ago?
The killing of Osama Bin Laden was “immensely important” in the battle against terrorism but al-Qaeda remains a threat, Tony Blair has said.
In an interview marking 10 years since the 9/11 attacks, the former UK prime minister said there had been significant advances against the group.
But “large numbers of people” still shared al-Qaeda’s ideology, he added.
Bin Laden, widely thought to have been the 9/11 mastermind, was shot dead in Pakistan by US forces in May.
He had been on the run since 2001.
Interviewed by the Reuters news service, Mr Blair said: “The risk is still there, but we have gone after them [al-Qaeda]. We have degraded a lot of their capacity and capability. We have either captured or killed many of their leading people.”
He added that, although there had been “significant advances, the struggle still goes on”.