January 30, 2013

Does al-Qaeda Still Matter?

Jason Burke, The Guardian

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Rather like al-Qaida's own rhetoric in the wake of the changes wrought by the Arab spring, they sounded dated; at worst, they were an indication of wilful ignorance, a nostalgia for simpler times when leaders could promise 'iron resolve' against a threat without provoking widespread scepticism. They have however usefully provoked a new debate on two very old questions, both still urgent and important: what is al-Qaida? And is it more or less dangerous than it was?

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TAGGED: Mumbai, Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Mali, Terrorism, Algeria, al-Qaeda

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