Until the fall of the Taliban regime in November 2001, Usama bin Laden and his Al Qa'ida terrorist network enjoyed safe-haven in Afghanistan. They no longer have that and their major training facilities there have been destroyed. In addition, a large proportion of the network’s leadership has been arrested, including Abu Zubaidah, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Hambali.
Despite these successes, Al Qa'ida and associated terrorist groups continue to pose a significant threat to the UK and UK interests.
For more information on international counter-terrorism efforts and Al Qa'ida, go to The International Fight Against Terrorism section.