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"Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive!" beamed a triumphant Vice President Joe Biden, as he was campaigning for re-election in 2012. President Obama agreed, often reciting that "Al-Qaeda is on the run."

Well, not exactly. A phenomenal must-read analysis by The Economist explains:

From Somalia to Syria, al-Qaeda franchises and jihadist fellow travellers now control more territory, and can call on more fighters, than at any time since Osama bin Laden created the organisation 25 years ago.

They also have a map of Al-Qaeda & Friends.


Do yourself a favor and read the entire piece.

(Image: The Economist)