US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta
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'No Al-Qaeda safe haven' warns US Defence Secretary

US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta has said the American authorities are taking "all necessary steps to protect our people" from the threat of Al-Qaeda-affiliated groups in North Africa.

Speaking at a joint news conference with the UK Defence Secretary Philip Hammond, Mr Panetta said the United States would work with governments and regional forces to ensure Al-Qaeda has "no safe haven anywhere in the world".