There is no other way to it, Josh Earnest is a flat-out liar! al Qaeda is NOT decimated they have in fact spread out into countless spinoffs from Khorasan, IS, Jab’hat al-Nusra etc etc all over the middle east. AQ itself is a spinoff of the Muslim Brotherhood whose origin is Wahhabism! They are growing in strength everyday seeking to undo the wrongs committed against them in the early 20th under the Sykes-Picot agreement (THANK France & England). Understanding this agreement and also the history with Khorasan is crucial to understanding why & what is happening right now. The situation is only going to get worse until the old borders are re-established giving rise to the caliphate.