April 30, 2014

Three Years After bin Laden: The Trouble Ahead

John McLaughlin, Ozy


Perhaps more subtle and worrisome of all is a final trend that sees Islamic extremists finally beginning to learn from the mistakes they made in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere. They are slowly beginning to change their harsh treatment of surrounding populations, having learned that an iron-fist approach drove people to oppose them. Where they now hold territory — in Syria, for instance — they are beginning to provide social services, from food aid to trash collection, and gradually learning to treat people more humanely.

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TAGGED: Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, 9/11, Al-Qaeda, Terrorism, Osama Bin Laden


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