Five years after OBL’s death, al Qaeda down though distant from out

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Former al-Qaeda designer Osama bin Laden. PHOTO: AFP

Former al-Qaeda designer Osama bin Laden. PHOTO: AFP

DUBAI: Five years after a murdering of al Qaeda arch Osama bin Laden, a network he founded is distant from passed even if it has suffered setbacks.

Replaced as a preeminent tellurian jihadist energy by a Islamic State, al Qaeda nonetheless stays a dangerous threat, experts say.

With final year’s Charlie Hebdo electrocute in Paris and a call of shootings in West Africa, al Qaeda has shown it can still lift out fantastic attacks. And in Syria and Yemen a militants have taken control of poignant territory.

By a time US special army killed bin Laden in Abbottabad on May 2, 2011, a organization he founded had been badly damaged, with many of a militants and leaders killed or captured.

Dissention grew as new Qaeda arch Ayman al Zawahiri struggled in bin Laden’s place, until one of a branches, creatively al Qaeda in Iraq, pennyless divided to form IS.

IS has given eclipsed a former partner, sketch thousands of radicals to a means and claiming shortcoming for attacks that have left hundreds passed in Brussels, Paris, Tunisia, Turkey, Lebanon, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and on a Russian airliner over Egypt.

William McCants, of a Brookings Institution in Washington, concluded that al Qaeda had mislaid some belligerent to IS, though pronounced a organization has recovered. “Al Qaeda has a clever display in Syria and in Yemen,” he said.

In Syria a group’s affiliate, al Nusra Front, is one of a strongest army fighting President Bashar al Assad’s regime, holding vast tools of a Idlib province.

The internal bend in Yemen, al Qaeda in a Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has duration seized poignant domain in a south and southeast.

Another branch, al Qaeda in a Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), has carried out assaults on hotels and restaurants in Mali, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast given Nov that have left dozens dead, including many foreigners.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 2nd, 2016.

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