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Clinton to al Qaeda: 'You cannot wait us out; you cannot defeat us'

From NBC's Courtney Kube
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton just came to the Treaty Room to praise the courageous men and women who have toiled for years to track down Osama bin Laden, to remember the victims of bin Laden's and Al Qaeda's violence, and to warn that the fight against al Qaeda does not end with this death.

"Even as we mark this milestone, we should not forget that the battle to stop Al Qaeda and its syndicate of terror will not end with the death of bin Laden," Clinton said.

Clinton offered an ominous warning to those members of al Qaeda still hiding out, but also offered them an olive branch. "You cannot wait us out; you cannot defeat us," she said, but added, "but you can make the choice to abandon Al Qaeda and participate in a peaceful political process."

Despite the fact the U.S. did not tell the Pakistanis about this operation until it was complete, Clinton said that the close cooperation with Pakistan has put "unprecedented pressure" on al Qaeda and its leadership, and that "continued cooperation will be just as important in the days ahead."