The United States and other Western countries have closed embassies throughout the Middle East and North Africa due to reports of terror plots.
"What I said [in a May speech] is that core al-Qaida is on its heels and has been decimated," Obama told reporters at the White House, "but what I also said was that al-Qaida has metastasized" into smaller groups.
"They [still] have the capacity to go after our interests," Obama said.
By "core al-Qaida," Obama said, he was referring to the tightly organized group that organized the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.
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