an attack. Undeterred, al-Asiri even reportedly tried to surgically implant his bombs inside human bodies. Most recently, the bomb maker successfully designed explosive devices that could be hidden in electronic equipment, which resulted in the current Transportation Security Administration requirement that travelers remove laptops and iPads from carry-on luggage as they go through airport security. The only caveat to the significance of removing al-Asiri from the battlefield was that, for a number of years, he actively trained an unknown number of other bomb makers. But, few, if any of those, likely have his talent and creativity. This successful U.S. operation shows that, despite the partisan politics of Washington that dominates the daily news cycle, the men and women of the U.S. national security community continue to work hard and effectively to keep our country safe . I am certain that politics are not affecting those working on the front lines protecting the country. Such work remains critical as both al-Qaeda and the Islamic State , according to a report recently released by the United Nations, retain significant strength across a swath of the globe that runs from western Africa all the way to Southeast Asia . The report noted that al-Qaeda's global network "continues to show resilience ," with its allies showing greater strength than the Islamic State in many parts of the world. It is important to note that the U.S. fight against al-Qaeda in Yemen, still the strongest and most dangerous of all the al-Qaeda groups, is distinct from our support of the Arab coalition that is supporting pro-government forces in Yemen's civil war, which has dragged on for three years and has resulted in one of the largest humanitarian crises on the planet. Looking ahead, President Donald Trump's administration, as did the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, needs to work more with allies and partners to deal with the underlying causes of terrorism that create extremists in the first place. This counter-radicalization work will not grab the headlines, but it is the only way to prevent the struggle against extremists from becoming multigenerational. In the meantime , the Trump administration gets high marks for keep ing the pressure on existing extremist groups . B. Anonymity of the press undermines the fight against terrorism by exposing government operations, undermining intel gathering, and creating an extra burden on the executive. Schoenfeld 14 Gabriel Schoenfeld,( Author, editor, political advisor and commentator, and public intellectual, is a senior fellow at the Hudson Institute.), 2014, "Time for a Shield Law?," No Publication, SP The idea of a shield law is also fraught with serious problems , however, which its champions too often underplay or ignore .
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