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Judging Al Qaeda’s Record, Part I: Is the Organization in Decline? | Lawfare

Judging Al Qaeda’s Record, Part I: Is the Organization in Decline? | Lawfare

Al Qaeda’s power and influence have fallen considerably from its peak in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, but several well-respected analysts suggest the group remains strong and may resurge. My Georgetown colleague Bruce Hoffman argues that as the West focuses on the Islamic State, Al Qaeda is rebuilding and plans to assert control after the caliphate’s defeat. Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, a leading Al Qaeda scholar at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, concurs by arguing that Al Qaeda strategically chose a “more covert and discreet” path, in contrast with the Islamic State—a path that led to its growth in war zones across the Middle East and North Africa.

Source: Judging Al Qaeda’s Record, Part I: Is the Organization in Decline? – Lawfare