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Is al-Qaeda Central Still Relevant?

Hoffman, Habeck, Zelin & Levitt, Washington Institute | September 2012

As we reach the eleventh year since the September 11 attacks, the debate over the relevancy of al-Qaeda’s core leadership known as Central al-Qaeda still lingers between officials, analysts, and academics. Following the uprisings that hit the Arab world in 2010 and Osama bin Laden’s death last May, many have reevaluated their views on the relative significance of al-Qaeda in the battle against terrorism.

The Washington Institute hosted a policy forum that addressed this issue on September 4, 2012. The panel of experts included: the director of the Center for Peace and Security Studies at Washington's Georgetown University, Dr. Bruce Hoffman; Dr. Mary Habeck, associate professor of strategic studies at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University; and Dr. Matthew Levitt, senior fellow and director of The Washington Institute's Stein Program on Counterterrorism and Intelligence.

To view the video of the policy event and read the rapporteur's summary of the panel’s remarks, check out The Washington Institute’s website here, or watch the video below:


Tags: | al-Qaeda | terrorism | bin Laden | September 11 |
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A lot of the people the Yanks were fniundg did NOT turn into Taliban. All of them turned on each other in the huge clusterfuck that was the Afghan Civil War, and some sided with and some sided against the Taliban when they emerged(or re-emerged). A lot of the Taliban. when they did their rush to power, were Afghan refugees in Pakistan who wanted to put a stop to the war, which was done by the guys the US founded...Although, yeah, the core of the Taliban/top leadership were former mujahadeen against the Soviets who got help from the US. And in my opinion, the major difference between freedom fighter and terrorist is whether you TARGET civilians. While they were fighting the Russians, most of the mujahadeen attacks were against Russian troops (I haven't heard of a single guy blowing up market squares during the Sovier-Afghan War). Nowadays...well let's just say that, yes they do try to kill civilians. And succeed way too often.Also, I think it makes sense to side with the lesser evil against the greater evil, and then, when that is defeated, to turn against it by siding with a still lesser evil, and so on (with Russians against Nazis,with Mujaheds against Russians, Now against taliban with some other guys who are hopefully less inclined to the Shar'ia)

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