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All You Need to Know About the New Al Qaeda chief, Ayman Al-Zawahiri

The recent statement from Al Qaeda that Ayman al-Zawahiri has taken over as leader after the assassination of Osama bin Laden is not a surprise.

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Danger is Bin Laden’s Ideas Will Survive His Death

This article first appeared in the 3 May 2011 edition of The Irish Times and is reproduced here with their kind permission.

ANALYSIS: The death of the figurehead leader of al-Qaeda does not presage the end of the worldwide campaign of terror he inspired

OSAMA BIN Laden’s legacy is that the ideology of al-Qaeda will endure. Al-Qaeda is a group of like-minded people, not a global military structure directed from a notional centre. In fact, the “Arab spring” we are witnessing is a much greater threat to al-Qaeda than the loss of its figurehead, iconic though he may have been.

To understand the significance of bin Laden’s death, we need to take a few steps back.

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Is this really an Arab Spring and if so what does it mean?

The latest issue of Survival (April – May 2011), the bimonthly journal of The International Institute for Strategic Studies, has a cluster of interesting articles addressing this question. Continue reading

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