Al Qaida


  • People react to the death of Osama bin Laden in Times Square in New York City, May 2, 2011, photo by Eric Thayer/Reuters


    Five Years After the Death of Osama bin Laden, Is the World Safer?

    May 2, 2016

    What effect did killing bin Laden have on al Qaeda's ability to pursue its jihadist goals? Does high-value targeting contribute to counterterrorist strategy more broadly? Does killing terrorist leaders work?

  • A woman with a French flag with the words 'I am Charlie' reacts while paying tribute to the victims of a shooting at the offices of French weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, during a candlelight vigil at the Liberty Square in Taipei, January 9, 2015, photo by Pichi Chuang/Reuters


    Why al Qaeda in Yemen Attacked Paris

    Jan 12, 2015

    The bloodshed in the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo was a startling reminder of al Qaeda's ambitions, capabilities, and ruthlessness. And whether or not the attack was planned as a marketing device to help al Qaeda emerge from the expanding shadow of the Islamic State, it may be having that effect.

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