October 25, 2009

Why Al Qaeda Wants a Safe Haven

Jim Arkedis, Foreign Policy

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As deliberations about the Obama administration's strategic direction in Afghanistan unfold, the White House is weighing whether al Qaeda, in fact, needs an Afghan safe haven -- an expanse of land under the protection of the Taliban -- to reconstitute its capability to attack the United States. Many noted scholars doubt it. In a recent Washington Post op-ed, Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haass bluntly stated, "Al Qaeda does not require Afghan real estate to constitute a regional or global threat."


He's wrong. Although the group has been significantly weakened since late 2001, the only chance al Qaeda has of rebuilding its...
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