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  • A Year after Osama bin Laden's Death: Al-Qaeda Alive and Kicking

    Nearly a year ago, America did the world a favor and killed Osama bin Laden. Now the Obama Administration is taking credit for al-Qaeda’s defeat. Not so fast!

    Since 9/11, the United States has foiled 50 terrorist plots on U.S. soil, including two so far this year. In January, Sami Oskazac, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Kosovo, was arrested on charges of planning attacks against night clubs, businesses, and a sheriff’s office. A month later, Amine El Khalifi, a Moroccan citizen illegally in the U.S., was arrested on charges of plotting to attack the U.S. Capitol. While both of these were cases of radicalized individuals working alone, they nevertheless adhered to al-Qaeda ideology and terrorist tactics.

    Further from home, al-Qaeda is playing the waiting game in Afghanistan and Pakistan. As President Obama draws down U.S. troops in Afghanistan and attempts to negotiate with the Taliban—which has renounced neither al-Qaeda nor terrorism—al-Qaeda is waiting until the U.S. troops leave to make a comeback. Furthermore, Pakistan has been ineffective at cracking down on the Afghan Taliban and the Haqqani network. Islamabad’s tolerance of such groups has facilitated al-Qaeda’s ability to operate and has turned Pakistan into a safe haven for terrorists.

    Bin Laden’s death was no doubt a blow to the al-Qaeda network. However, al-Qaeda’s ability to adapt to challenges has made the organization difficult to defeat. As such, al-Qaeda is diversifying its network, making significant inroads into Iraq and Yemen and throughout Africa. In February, al-Shabab and al-Qaeda formalized relations. Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) is taking advantage of the instability brought on by the collapse of the Muammar Qadhafi regime in Libya. Boko Haram, Nigeria’s insurgent group, continues to wreak havoc across the country, having been trained and resourced by AQIM and al-Shabab.

    If bin Laden’s death has proved anything, it’s that his legacy has survived. Al-Qaeda will outlive any of its leaders. Now is not the time for complacency.

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    11 Responses to A Year after Osama bin Laden's Death: Al-Qaeda Alive and Kicking

    1. "Now the Obama Administration is taking credit for al-Qaeda’s defeat. Not so fast!"

      Gee, how many times have I hear right-wingers claim that Ronald Reagan singlehandedly DESTROYED the Soviet Union?

    2. Bobbie says:

      I don't think it's as big a blow to Al Queda as media's blown it up to be. He's like Charles Manson. He only directed it. Old and feeble looking, the slow death he was living would have been much more punishing. But roll out the red carpets Obama spent billions and got em', got em' good. a bit extensive but whoever was gotten was gotten.
      Something the democratic Clinton could've done years earlier and before 911…

    3. Slick says:

      Hey Chuckie . . . are YOU comparing the removal of the Berlin Wall to the ongoing hunt for Ben Ladin which started right after 9/11? You have GOT to be kidding me!!!!!

      However, I can see how you would make that leap. After all, Big O went to Pakistan, stood in front of that compound and called Ben Ladin out. "Hey Asama, come out and fight like a man. Don't be a coward and hide behind the skirts of your wives!" And when Ben Laden didn't appear then Big O led the charge to end this bad guy's life!!!! He was a regular George Patton!!! Yes, I can see where acts of the Special Forces and all the intelligence that had accumulated for literally YEARS was of absolutely NO value in ending this man's life. In fact, I have no doubt that history will dedicated thousands of pages to this monumental event, making sure to mention that although we have had other great Presidents, THIS President is truly the GREATEST of them all!!!! Praise be to *Awh*lawh* , er . . . . Big O!!!!

    4. Bill Downey says:

      Senior members of the State Department feel that the war on terror is over. Can we get some of whatever it is they are smoking?

      • Slick says:

        That, my friend, would be illegal for the common folks like us. Only if you work for the government are you exempt from prosecution for ordinary crimes like perjury, thief by deception, forgery, dereliction of duty, putting a bounty on the head of an American citizen who has NOT been charged or convicted in a court of law, signing an order for a "non-war" that was supposed to be over in a week and it went on for months, pledging to uphold the Constitution and the Rule of Law when both hands are BEHIND your back with your fingers crossed! It is the truth . . . if you don't belong to the elite group, you get hammered like a nail in a soft piece of wood!

    5. Lloyd Scallan says:

      Do we not see the connection between the death of bin Laden (that Obama did not direct as he claims) and his declaration that the "war on terror" is over and Al Queda has been defeated in an election year?
      Wake up America. It's all deception and lies.

    6. Johnny Jones says:

      George Bush ordered the hit, the Navy and other military found him so why does Bammie get all the credit???/

    7. Juan Torres says:

      Top CIA al-Qaida Interrogator: Obama, Pelosi 'Reinventing The Truth'

      The retired CIA officer who oversaw the tough terrorist interrogation program using waterboarding and other techniques says his methods saved lives by thwarting plots against the United States.

      Read more: http://latinoamericanteaparty.org/DoYouKnow.asp

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