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How a battered al-Qa'eda was rebuilt | International News | News | Telegraph

How a battered al-Qa'eda was rebuilt | International News | News | Telegraph

What unites and inspires the militants remains the global jihad ideology of the original al-Qa'eda. Rather than talk about day-to-day events as Zawahiri does, bin Laden expounds on global jihad - toppling corrupt Muslim rulers, uniting the Muslim world under one leader, spreading Islam and taking on the West. Bin Laden has survived half a century due to the failed policies of the United States which declined to chase him down when it was much easier to do so and instead focused on invading Iraq.

If he were to die tomorrow, his message and organisation would remain a major threat to the world.
Rosen: Our Sunni allies in the region, the so-called moderate states -- dictatorships like Jordan and Saudi Arabia -- are pushing the U.S. to switch sides and support the Sunnis. We've been working up to that, obviously. The whole buildup to a new war against Iran, which sounds so much like the buildup in 2002, is part of that. You no longer hear about Al Qaeda in Iraq. More and more we're hearing about Iran and Shias............