May 2, 2012

Al-Qaeda Profits from Arab Spring - for Now

Abdel Bari Atwan, Gulf News

AP Photo

When Osama Bin Laden was killed by a team of US SEALs in Pakistan on May 2 last year, the Arab Spring had been on-going for five months and the region was — and remains — in turmoil. 

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TAGGED: al-Qaeda, Terrorism, Arab Spring


May 13, 2012
How the Arab Spring Defeated al-Qaeda
Fawaz Gerges, The Daily Beast
In his newly released papers, Osama bin Laden recognized the gravity of the loss of Muslim opinion, though he was powerless and sidelined to halt the decline. more ››
May 4, 2012
War on Terror Not Yet Over
RAND Corporation
The War on Terror, whatever Washington chooses to call it, is far from over. To be sure, al Qaeda's operational capabilities have been degraded. Its once easily accessible training camps in Afghanistan have been dispersed. Its... more ››
May 6, 2012
The Last Months of Osama bin Laden
Patrick Cockburn, The Independent
The story behind the tracking down and killing of Osama bin Laden remains a puzzle despite the torrent of documentaries and articles appearing on the anniversary of his death. An absurdly high number of American political... more ››
May 10, 2012
America: A Nation of Spies and Snitches
J.M. Berger, Foreign Policy
Infiltration and other spy games hold a particular fascination for the American psyche. When a terrorist attack succeeds, Americans demand to know where their intelligence services were and how they could have missed the warning... more ››
Exactly a week before the May 2, 2011 raid that claimed his life, Osama bin Laden authored what may have been his last letter. From inside his Abbottabad safehouse, al-Qaeda's chief had watched as Hosni Mubarak and Zain al-Abedin... more ››