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|Seth Jones: Al Qaeda Is Far From Defeated|
|Topic Started: Apr 30 2012, 06:40 AM (69 Views)|
|shure||Apr 30 2012, 06:40 AM Post #1|
Al Qaeda Is Far From Defeated
By Seth Jones, April 29, 2012
While the U.S. prepares a strategic shift toward the Far East, evidence mounts that the terrorist organization is resurgent in the Muslim world.
A vehicle burnt during clashes between police and suspected al Qaeda militants in Aden, Yemen, April 14.
A year after U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden, most policy makers and pundits believe al Qaeda is near collapse. "Another nail in the coffin," one senior U.S. official told me after the death of an al Qaeda operative in Pakistan last month from a U.S. drone strike. In testimony before the Senate in February, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said the core al Qaeda is likely becoming of "symbolic importance."
This conclusion is presumptuous. As the administration looks eastward—a strategy that incorporates China's rise—underestimating al Qaeda would be a dangerous mistake. With a handful of regimes teetering from the Arab Spring, al Qaeda is pushing into the vacuum and riding a resurgent wave as its affiliates engage in a violent campaign of attacks across the Middle East and North Africa.
Take a look around the Arab world.
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