The US began fight against Al Qaeda in 2001, taking a few years before it was able to eliminate Osama bin Laden and the top leadership and neutralize them as an effective force.
Security analysts however echo John Kerry’s fears that Al Qaeda has not really been fully neutralized.
Dozens of senior Al Qaeda terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, have been eliminated yet the terror group continues to wage guerrilla style acts of terrorism.
According to analysts, the key reason why Al Qaeda has been able to regenerate its threat over the past 14 years is that it uses its guerrilla armies to groom new leaders and identify recruits for terrorist plots against the West.
Al Qaeda and its regional branches are fighting in more countries today, always trying to build radical Islamic states, just like IS.
Some of these include Al Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS), Al Nusrah Front in Syria, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen, the Al Shabaab in Somalia and other terror groups.
The reason that will probably make united efforts to conquer the Islamic State is its greed for power and continually rubbing shoulders with other terror groups, creating enmity especially with Ayman Al Zawahiri of Al Qaeda. They have no stable branches, only relying on sympathizers to carry out lone wolf attacks. Others take it on themselves and travel to Iraq and Syria to wage what they call jihad war.