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Here at Virginia where the president is speaking let's listen and.
Vice President Biden.
Members of the joint chiefs.
Men and women of the finest military in the world.
Most of all.
Michael -- also want to acknowledge.
Your son Jack was deployed today.
All of you have performed extraordinary service to our country.
Before I -- I wanna say a few words about some important news.
Earlier this morning on moral.
-- Leader of -- Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
Was killed in Yemen.
-- -- -- -- Of all -- is a major blow to Al qaeda's most active operational affiliate.
Lucky was the leader of external operations for -- Qaeda in the Arabian convinced.
And that role He took the lead in planning and directing efforts to murder.
He directed the failed attempt to blow up an airplane on Christmas Day in 2009.
He directed the failed attempt to blow up US cargo planes in 2010.
And He repeatedly called on individuals in the United States and around the globe.
To kill innocent men women and children to advance a murderous agenda.
The death of a -- marks another significant milestone in the broader effort to defeat al-Qaeda.
And its affiliates.
Furthermore this success is a tribute to our intelligence community.
And to -- efforts -- Yemen and of security forces who have worked closely with the United States over the course of several years.
Autry and his organization have been directly responsible for the deaths of many.
His hateful ideology.
And targeting of innocent civilians.
Has been rejected.
By the vast majority of Muslims and people of all faiths.
And He has met his demise because the government and the people of Yemen have joined the international community.
In a common effort against al-Qaeda.
I'll -- in the Arabian Peninsula remains a dangerous the weakened terrorist organizations.
Going forward we will remain vigilant against any threats to the United States or our allies and partners.
But make no mistake this further proof that al-Qaeda and its affiliates.
Will find no safe haven.
Anywhere in the world.
Working with the Yemen and our other allies and partners we will be determined we will be deliberate we will be.
Relentless we will be resolute.
In our commitment to destroy terrorist networks that -- to kill Americans.
And build a world in which people everywhere can live in greater peace.
Now advancing that security has been the life's work.
Amanda we honor today.
But as Mike will admit to you He got off to.
A somewhat shaky start.
He was young -- destroyed three years old commanding a small tanker.
He collided with a board.
As Mike later explained in his understated way when you're on -- ship.
Colliding with any thing is not a good thing.
I tell the story because Mike -- told himself.
To men and women across our military.
He has always understood.
That the true measure our success is not.
Whether we stumble.
What with -- President Obama is going on now to essentially say good -- to outgoing the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff admiral Mike Mullen if you'd like.
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