Friday, September 14, 2007

Visions of Osama bin Laden

From The Economist

British intelligence agencies, which once thought that al-Qaeda had been so broken up that little was left but its brand name, have also revised their view. Most of the actual or attempted attacks in Britain appear to have direct links back to al-Qaeda leaders in Pakistan. Other European governments are alarmed by the rebranding of Algeria's Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (known by its French initials GSPC) as al-Qaeda's branch in the Maghreb. It has so far concentrated on attacking symbols of the Algerian state and foreign workers. If it exploits links to the large North African diaspora in Europe, targets there may be next. Al-Qaeda's ideology, if not the movement itself, has become more globalised ... Much of al-Qaeda's propaganda, as well as its military training manuals, are spread through a large network of jihadist websites. Muslims anywhere can become radicalised and join the fight, with little or no involvement from al-Qaeda's leaders.

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