Assessing al Qaeda

by Joshua Foust on 5/2/2012 · 3 comments

Celebrating the year anniversary of bin Laden’s demise, I wrote for the Atlantic about the weird inflated hyperbole that’s arisen about al Qaeda.

This week marks one year since Osama bin Laden’s death. We’re hearing a lot about what the anniversary means for the larger struggle against Islamist violence around the world. Most assessments of the “War on Terror” fall into one of two categories: al-Qaeda is stronger than ever or al-Qaeda is dead or dying. Whatever you think about al-Qaeda specifically, the global movement of violent Islamism is more complicated.

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Joshua Foust is a Fellow at the American Security Project and the author of Afghanistan Journal: Selections from His research focuses primarily on Central and South Asia. Joshua is a correspondent for The Atlantic and a columnist for PBS Need to Know. Joshua appears regularly on the BBC World News, Aljazeera, and international public radio. Joshua's writing has appeared in the Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy’s AfPak Channel, the New York Times, Reuters, and the Christian Science Monitor. Follow him on twitter: @joshuafoust

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HumanRightsAdvocate May 2, 2012 at 7:42 pm

Ledt’s face it, the Islamic terrorists were created by the US to fight Soviet in 1980’s.

کمانگیر May 6, 2012 at 6:23 am

For Islamic terrorism, who in all its forms, from the Philippines to Morocco, to be so popular and successful, is to attribute too much achievement to the knuckleheads at CIA and a little racist/culturalist/somethingist as well.

Johnny Matrix May 7, 2012 at 1:24 pm

“Al-Qaeda is stronger than ever or al-Qaeda is dead or dying”

Pretty simple, they’re stronger than ever in certain regions and “dead/dying” in Afg…we just have our AQ-goggles on and haven’t taken them off in years.

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