The New Face of Al Qaeda

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With eight more terror suspects appearing in British court today and the recent arrests in Pakistan, some say the U.S. and its allies are finally making headway against Al Qaeda. Others say Al Qaeda is no longer the right target. Instead, they say, the real threat is the growing number of satellite groups and freelancers who embrace Al Qaeda’s ideology, but who are not beholden to its leaders. Would it make much difference if Bin Laden were killed or captured? And can the West convince Muslims that it is not out to pillage the Islamic world and drain it of its resources and culture?


Jason Burke, author of “Al Qaeda Casting A Shadow of Terror.”

Alan Cullison, Moscow correspondent for the Wall Street Journal and Daniel Benjamin, Senior Fellow at the International Security Program.