December 03, 2012

al-Qaeda 3.0's New Power Bases

The Daily Beast.

Top administration lawyers may hint at the end of the war on terror, but al Qaeda’s third generation is as deadly as ever. Bruce Riedel breaks down the group’s new power bases.

The fastest-growing new al Qaeda is in Syria. Using the cover name Jabhat al Nusra, al Qaeda has become perhaps the most lethal element of the opposition to Bashar al Assad’s brutal dictatorship

...Its leader uses the nom de guerre of Abu Mohammad al Golani, a reference to the Israeli-occupied Syrian Golan Heights and a signal that the top leader is a Syrian, not a foreign fighter.

...In North Africa, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, originally an Algerian franchise of the al Qaeda global terror organization, has successfully aligned itself with a local extremist group in Mali named Ansar al Dine, or Defenders of the Faith; together, they have effectively taken control of the northern two thirds of Mali. Now AQIM controls the fabled city of Timbuktu.

...Another third-generation al Qaeda jihadist stronghold is in the desert of the Sinai Peninsula,...

..In Yemen, al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula exploited the fall of Ali Abdallah Saleh’s dictatorship to take over remote parts of the south and east of the country.

I totally disagree al-Qeada 3.0 was the emergence of the independent lone wolf or cell enabled by al-Qaeda propaganda spread via social media.

This if, anything, is al-Qaeda 5.0, the fruition of those weak lone wolf and loosely connected fellow travelers mature into real world powers.

By Howie at 11:33 AM | Comments |