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Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined? by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point

Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined? by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

This report is a study of 17 de-classified documents captured during the Abbottabad raid and released to the Combating Terrorism Center (CTC). They consist of electronic letters or draft letters, totaling 175 pages in the original Arabic and 197 pages in the English translation. The earliest is dated September 2006 and the latest April 2011. These internal al-Qa'ida communications were authored by several leaders, most prominently Usama bin Ladin. Bin Ladin’s frustration with regional jihadi groups and his seeming inability to exercise control over their actions and public statements is the most compelling story to be told on the basis of the 17 de-classified documents.

 

• Letters from Abbottabad: Bin Ladin Sidelined? by Combating Terrorism Center at West Point http://bit.ly/KyBCdF

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Al-Qaeda is still alive! by Mshari Al-Zaydi

What do the young men and theorists of al-Qaeda have to do with the Arab Spring? Why would the Arab Spring be a reason for the decline of these groups? Al-Qaeda and all those representing its ideology have other inclinations and dreams which have nothing to do with freedom and democracy. Al-Qaeda is still proceeding with its plan and course and will try and exploit all existing variables in its favor. With this in mid, there is nothing better than when a regime – any regime – loses its grip on power.

 

• Al-Qaeda is still alive! by Mshari Al-Zaydi http://bit.ly/JT5PqR

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Al Qaeda Is Doing Nation-Building. Should We Worry? by Will McCants

Al Qaeda Is Doing Nation-Building. Should We Worry? by Will McCants | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Al Qaeda's control of territory, in any guise, is a shot in the arm for its beleaguered followers and a small step toward its goal of establishing Islamic emirates. But let's get real about al Qaeda's gains: These are not yet states by any stretch of the imagination, regardless of the terror organization's propaganda. The organization's control of territory in weak or collapsed states is little more than a silver lining amid some very dark storm clouds for the global jihad.

 

• Al Qaeda Is Doing Nation-Building. Should We Worry? by Will McCants http://bit.ly/IS4DD5

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How Osama bin Laden is winning, even in death by David Ignatius

How Osama bin Laden is winning, even in death by David Ignatius | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

In terms of bin Laden’s broader goal of moving the Islamic world away from Western influence, he has done better than we might like to think. What we’re seeing now in Egypt is something that might be called electoral bin Ladenism. And the battle is still raging in Yemen, the place that bin Laden believed offered his best chance of victory. So, a year on, it’s a time to think about bin Laden’s failures but also about the ways his fellow Islamists have morphed toward a political movement more successful than even bin Laden could have dreamed.

 

• How Osama bin Laden is winning, even in death by David Ignatius http://wapo.st/IksgHY

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