President Barack Obama says the United States is making real progress in fighting terrorism.
During a a visit to the National Counterterrorism Center in Washington, Tuesday, the president told employees their work is needed now more than ever to disrupt, dismantle and defeat terrorist organizations like al Qaeda.
"We're applying focused and relentless pressure on al Qaeda by sharing more intelligence, strengthening the capacity of our partners, disrupting terrorist financing, cutting off supply chains, and inflicting major losses on al Qaeda's leadership." Obama said.
Obama is meeting with congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle Tuesday to talk about the war in Afghanistan.
The administration is debating possible changes to its war strategy, including potentially sending thousands of more troops.
It is the first time in six months that Republican leaders have been invited to the White House to discuss official business.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is one of the lawmakers expected to attend the meeting.
The former presidential candidate said the Obama administration needs to think of the Taliban and the al-Qaeda terrorist network as one issue.
"If the Taliban returns, they will work with al-Qaeda," McCain said on NBC television Tuesday morning.
"It's just a historical fact," McCain added. "You can't separate the two. ... I strongly disagree with those who allege those are separate problems. They have worked together in the past and they will work together in the future."