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Stratfor: Defining al Qaeda

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“Defining al Qaeda is republished with permission of Stratfor.”

By Scott Stewart

The Obama administration’s efforts to counter the threat posed by al Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement have been a contentious topic in the U.S. presidential race. Political rhetoric abounds on both sides; administration officials claim that al Qaeda has been seriously crippled, while some critics of the administration allege that the group is stronger than ever. As with most political rhetoric, both claims bear elements of truth, but the truth depends largely on how al Qaeda and jihadism are defined. Unfortunately, politicians and the media tend to define al Qaeda loosely and incorrectly.

The jihadist threat will persist regardless of who is elected president, so understanding the actors involved is critical. But a true understanding of those actors requires taxonomical acuity. It seems worthwhile, then, to revisit Stratfor’s definitions of al Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement. Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Theophyle

October 19, 2012 at 10:09 am

Obama: Al-Qaeda head bin Laden dead!

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Mastermind of Sept. 11, 2001 attacks killed by US-led team after manhunt that took nearly a decade, president announces. Senior officials say al-Qaeda leader killed in firefight at his fortified compound in Pakistan, remains being handled according to Islam.

Osama bin Laden, the glowering mastermind behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks that killed thousands of Americans, was killed in an operation led by the United States, President Barack Obama said in a dramatic late-night statement at the White House. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Theophyle

May 2, 2011 at 8:17 am