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The growing, and mysterious, irrelevance of al-Qaeda

Jan 22nd 2009
From The Economist print edition

Military setbacks and ideological disputes have put al-Qaeda on the defensive

OSAMA BIN LADEN’S messages from the wilderness get little attention nowadays. Al-Qaeda has been unable to land a blow on Western soil since the 2005 London bombings. Its leaders lurk in Pakistan’s tribal belt, hiding from regular lethal attacks by America’s unmanned Predator aircraft. Their Pushtun hosts are tiring of their troublesome guests. Perhaps most damaging, former supporters publicly denounce its ideology.

The resultant bickering and low morale do not mean that al-Qaeda and its followers cannot still mount spectacular attacks. Western intelligence services are convinced the group tried to blow up several transatlantic airliners in 2006. It can still pose a menace in, say, parts of Asia. But for now, Mr bin Laden has to try to exploit the ne

Added: Feb-20-2009 Occurred On: Jan-22-2009
By: SF_Talon
Iraq, Afghanistan, Middle East
Tags: bin laden, middle east, al-Qaeda, palestine, Zawahiri, Dr Fadl
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  • AQ has never been politically astute. They have made mistake after dumb mistake... and missed opprotunity after opprotunity. Their murderous ways have been the best weapon against them. In other words-AQ is AQ's worst enemy.

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  • who ??.......ooh yeh those guys who supposedley trying to take over the world and convert us all to there wiked cultres and religions.

    take a look at this :)

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  • Al qaeda is a fake group created by the CIA

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    • good joke, ill have to remember that one.

      and Mr. Bin Laden your a moron... Your way out of saying you got your ass kicked into hiding for the rest of your life by saying you have won because of our economy going downhill, sorry to say buddy, but war costs money, and if it werent for you pus*y as muslims having to hide and make people do suicide bombings.. why dont you put you and your pus*y ass group of terrorists in some uniforms, come out of hiding, and we will settle this alot sooner... More..

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