The drone war in northwest Pakistan has brought attention to the attenuated al-Qaeda core that moved from Afghanistan in late 2001. But two events in December -- a failed Christmas Day bombing and an attack on CIA operatives in Afghanistan -- have led analysts to re-assess al-Qaeda's perceived decline. Worldfocus takes a look at the organization's evolution.
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The president's decision is said to be necessary as militant leaders seek new places to hide. But in the past, Pakistani leaders have objected to the strikes, saying they have caused too many civilian deaths. Daljit Dhaliwal speaks with Ahmad Kamal, Pakistan's former Ambassador to the United Nations.