How Strong is al-Qaeda?
by Jonathan Schanzer • Jan 6, 2008 at 3:46 pm
Need some jihadi inspiration in between phone calls? Video messages of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahri can now be downloaded to your cell phones, CNN reports.
The announcement was posted on Friday by al Qaeda's media wing, al-Sahab, on several jihadi websites. Eight videos are now available for download, including a tribute to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the former al-Qaeda in Iraq leader killed by U.S. forces in June 2006.
Al-Qaeda may need all the marketing help it can get, particularly if recent reports are true that al-Qaeda in Iraq has been decimated by U.S. and Iraqi counterterrrorism operations.
Of course, al-Qaeda continues to wreak havoc in Iraq, even in its reportedly weakened condition. But, one must wonder: why has al-Qaeda failed to execute a terrorist attack in the West since the July 2005 public transit bombings in the UK?
Related Topics: al-Qaeda, Iraq | Jonathan Schanzer
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