posted on Jun, 6 2012 @ 05:51 AM
Only the other day I was writing on a thread about the recent death of Al-Qa’ida’s number two Abu Yahya al-Libi and during the thread I stated
that I believed that soon the Core of Al-Qa’ida would be soon gone.
This inspired me to go and do some research into who might be the next number two, when I came across this fantastic article by Peter Bergen, who has
wrote extensively on Al-Qa’ida and who I regard as one of the best authors on the topic.
In this article Bergen points out that Al-Qa’ida as we knew it before 9/11 now effectively no longer exists. He points out that under the Obama
administration 15 senior Al-Qa’iad leaders have been killed and under bush 16 were neutralized leaving only one senior Al-Qa’ida leader of any
significance remaining, Al-Zawahiri. Further to this he also points out that Al-Qa’ida has not successfully struck the west since the 2005 London
bombings however make it clear that other groups such as Al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula still represent a threat to national security.
This article points out that since the war on terror started the fear of terrorism that Americans have is now almost irrational. I personally disagree
with this assessment as Bergen basis this on the fact that despite repeated attempts to strike at America since 9/11 the terrorists have failed. I
would argue that as long as they are planning and attempting attacks they remain a real threat that people should be vigilant of and although core
Al-Qa’ida is almost gone, its ideology and franchise groups remain a threat.
It is my belief that the Al-Qa’ida that committed the attacks of 9/11 no longer exists and has not for quite some time, Jason burke also supports
this view. The core of Al-Qa’ida has lost all its leadership, members, finance and it would also appear its operational capabilities which to may
says it no longer exits as it did before 9/11 That being said however the ideology of Al-Qa’ida will life on and it is only a matter of time before
we see another attack against the west that bares the hallmarks of this twisted ideology.
Anyway, for those of you who are interested I have lined the article below.
And now, Only one senior Al Qaeda leader is left