KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- The second-ranking U.S. general in Afghanistan says it is too early to tell if the killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in neighboring Pakistan will have an impact on the Afghan war effort.
Lt. Gen. David Rodriguez, who is in charge of NATO's joint command, said on Monday that al-Qaida as a movement is not based on bin Laden's leadership alone, and the military is waiting to see how his May 2 death will affect the strength of the group and its influence in Afghanistan. He said al-Qaida has fewer than 100 operatives in Afghanistan, mostly providing support and resources to insurgents.
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