January 17, 2019

How Has Al Qaeda Survived the War on Terror?

“Seventeen years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, al-Qaeda conducted the most destructive terrorist attack in history.

An unprecedented onslaught from the US followed. One-third of al-Qaeda’s leadership was killed or captured in the following year. The group lost its safe haven in Afghanistan, including its extensive training infrastructure there. Its surviving members were on the run or in hiding. Though it took nearly 10 years, the US succeeded in killing al-Qaeda’s founding leader, Osama bin Laden. Since 2014, al-Qaeda has been overshadowed by its former ally al-Qaeda in Iraq, now calling itself the Islamic State.

In other words, al-Qaeda should not have survived the 17 years since 9/11.

But it has. Why?”

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