In an excerpt from a "60 Minutes" interview on CBS, to be broadcast this Sunday, Panetta was asked which countries the US was engaged in a shooting war with.
"I'll have to stop and think about that because, you know, obviously we're going after Al Qaeda wherever they're at," Panetta said.
Asked by CBS news anchor Scott Pelley if al Qaeda had been defeated, Panetta -- who as CIA director presided over the operations that led to the death of bin Laden last May -- said the terror group was still a threat.
"They're still a real threat," Panetta said. "There's still Al Qaeda out there. And we've gotta continue to put pressure on them wherever they're at."
The full interview will run at 7:00pm ET on January 29.