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Panetta says US must keep up pressure on al-Qaida
At his formal swearing in, Panetta says keeping up pressure on al-Qaida will lead to victory
By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) ' Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is pledging to keep up the pressure on al-Qaida.

At his formal swearing-in ceremony, the former CIA director said that if the U.S. remains committed to that fight, then it ultimately will succeed in denying safe havens for the terrorist network.

The 73-year-old Panetta was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden. It was a ceremonial act because Panetta was officially sworn in July 1, his first day as Pentagon chief.



Biden joked about they decided to hold a second swearing-in.

Biden said some people noticed that Panetta has flown home to California several times already and they worried that he had changed his mind about taking the job.


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