Al Qaeda Refining a Failing Strategy
NATIONAL DEFENSE UNIV WASHINGTON DC INST FOR NATIONAL STRATEGIC STUDIES
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Al Qaedas inability to translate its post-911 approval in the Muslim world into a mass movement jihad against the West is prompting a search for new ways to regenerate lost momentum, but the groups inherent weaknesses are likely to prevent progress and gradually discredit its vision for the future of Islam. Al Qaedas long-term plan - according to the writings of its core leaders, Osama bin Laden and Ayman al Zawahiri - is to move from a small vanguard movement to the leadership, at least at a nominal level, of a global Islamic insurgency in order to destroy Western influence in the Muslim world and reestablish the historic caliphate. Although many Muslims viewed al Qaedas early attacks as heroic acts of defiance against unjust U.S. policies, al Qaeda has failed to make the transition to a popular insurgency or win any permanent gains as a result of its conceptual, organizational, and material shortcomings.
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