Bin Laden Distorts Islam: Islamic Scholars

By Laurie Goodstein, The News York TimesDated: September 30,2001 With evidence that Muslim militants were responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, prominent Islamic scholars and theologians in the West say unequivocally that nothing in Islam countenances the Sept. 11 actions. But in interviews, they explained that certain scriptural passages are distorted by Islamic extremists like Osama bin Laden. In his office in Leesburg, Va., Taha Jabir Alalwani, the chairman of a council that issues Islamic legal opinions for Muslims in North America, opened a…

Al Qaeda and the Islamic State’s Break: Strategic Strife or Lackluster Leadership?

By Tricia Bacon and Elizabeth Grimm Journal on Studies in Conflict and Terrorism Dated: August 2017 Abstract How effective was Osama bin Laden’s leadership of Al Qaeda? Many would claim that this is a straightforward question. He was effective enough to lead a group that successfully targeted the United States on land, in the air, and at sea. He was effective enough to evade capture by the United States and its allies for more than a decade. He was effective enough to build a highly centralized and bureaucratic group before…

Time for Peace Talks With ISIS and Al Qaeda?

  By Martha Crenshaw Dated: September 19, 2018   After almost 17 years of focusing on the threat from terrorists, the U.S. defense community has, under President Donald Trump, set its sights back on powerful states. But that might be myopic; terrorism committed by jihadi groups or inspired by jihadi propaganda remains a potent threat. If anything, the future is likely to bring more conflicts that combine transnational terrorism and civil war, more collaboration between jihadis and local non-jihadi rebels, and more splintering and diffusion within the jihadi universe—not less.…

Fourteen Years and Counting: The Evolving Terrorist Threat

  By Michael Morell Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) Dated:September 21, 2015   It has been fourteen years since the United States and its allies launched the ‘war on terror’, specifically against al-Qa’ida. Today, Michael Morrell highlights the victories that both sides have achieved in this conflict, and how the West should respond to the current threats posed by the so-called Islamic State and other groups.   Fourteen years ago this month, the United States suffered the single worst attack in its history. In just over an hour, 19 terrorists took…

Deciphering Competition between al-Qa`ida and the Islamic State

  By Clint Watts  Combating Terrorism Center (CTC) Dated:  August 08, 2016     The rivalries between jihadist groups such as al-Qa`ida and the so-called Islamic State have oscillated between periods of destructive and escalating competition. Today, Clint Watts differentiates between these two types of struggle and argues that counterterrorism coalitions should attempt to mire the jihadist groups in destructive forms of competition. After all, that’s where the internal schisms and antipathies abound.   Fractures between jihadist groups like al-Qa`ida and the Islamic State have ushered in periods of both…

Where is bin Laden’s partner in crime, Ayman al-Zawahiri?

By Michael Smerconish, CNN Dated: September 08, 2018   Where the hell is Ayman al-Zawahiri and why don’t we talk about him any more? Seventeen years ago, in the wake of the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001, there were two names on the tips of American tongues: Osama bin Laden and Zawahiri. The former founded al Qaeda. Together, they oversaw the 9/11 attacks and the 1998 bombings of the US Embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. Bin Laden was, of course, killed by SEAL Team Six in…

Centre bans affiliates of al-Qaeda, Islamic State

    The Hindu, Dated: June 21, 2018   The Home Ministry has banned the Al Qaeda in Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) and the Islamic State in Khorasan Province (ISKP) under the anti-terror law, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (UAPA). The Ministry issued a notification that the AQIS, an affiliate of the Al Qaeda and ISKP, the Afghanistan wing of the Islamic State are “terrorist organisations.” AQ and IS are already banned under the UAPA.   “The AQIS is a terrorist organisation, which has committed acts of terrorism in the neighbouring…

The Rebellion Within: An Al Qaeda mastermind questions terrorism.

By  Lawrence Wright, The New Yorker Dated: June 2, 2008    Dr. Fadl had laid the intellectual foundation for Al Qaeda‟s murderous acts. His defection posed a terrible threat.Last May, a fax arrived at the London office of the Arabic newspaper Asharq Al Awsat from a shadowy figure in the radical Islamist movement who went by many names. Born Sayyid Imam al-Sharif, he was the former leader of the Egyptian terrorist group Al Jihad, and known to those in the underground mainly as Dr. Fadl. Members of Al Jihad became…

Understanding Al-Qaeda’s Ideology for Counter-Narrative Work

   By Tom Quiggin    Abstract In order to counter the process of radicalization, it is necessary to understand the attraction of the narrative or the “messages” of al-Qaeda and its inspired followers. This article, based on a combination of wide ranging research and front line experience, examines the key points in al-Qaeda’s ideology and its narratives which have gained so much attention and following. Central to this ideology are eight main themes or concepts which appear consistently in the narratives of al-Qaeda. These have been used to indoctrinate and…