WH Press Secretary Josh Earnest Repeats Falsehood That Core Al-Qaeda 'Has Been Decimated'

Question from ABC's Jonathan Karl:
"Is it time to revise and extend what the WH has been saying over and over again, that core-Al Qaeda has been decimated. Is it clear now that was simply an incorrect statement?
Josh Earnest: 'It continues to be clear to this day that core-Al Qaeda has been decimated'

Josh Earnest follows up with what could be the whopper of the week-
Earnest: Core al-Qaeda has been so decimated in Afghanistan and Pakistan that they had to flee to another country (Syria) to find another safe-haven