“Why Islamic State poses a mortal challenge to Al-Qaeda” Reply

AL Jazeera America

In the past 13 years, Al-Qaeda has never managed to produce anything close to the spectacular strikes of Sept. 11, 2001, that triggered President George W. Bush’s war on terrorism. Years of relentless targeting by the U.S. and allied intelligence agencies have relegated it to the sidelines of history and reduced the movement’s core to a shadow of its once menacing image. As Barack Obama’s administration launched its own war on terrorism in a speech on Wednesday night, its target is not the network created by Osama bin Laden but the upstart Islamic State movement that now controls huge swaths of Syria and Iraq.
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