al-Qaeda: From Global Network to Local Franchise by Christina Hellmich

By Christina Hellmich

Due to the fact that 11th of September, al-Qaeda has ruled American discussions of nationwide and overseas safety. but conflicting assumptions in regards to the nature of the gang and the results of bin Ladin's demise abound. instead of simply offering one more biography of al-Qaeda, Christina Hellmich forensically examines the main authoritative resources on which the current figuring out of al-Qaeda is based, studying the discrepancies among what's said and what can realistically be recognized. the result's a penetrating perception into a firm that for all its notoriety is likely one of the least understood of our time.

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US military activity, were added to the American armed forces in being identified as a legitimate enemy, and the entire world became the battlefield upon which the righteous war to liberate the umma might be waged. The 9/11 Commission Report further describes this development in terms of the structure and organization of al-Qaeda: The February 1998 fatwa thus seems to have been a kind of public launch of a renewed and stronger al-Qaeda, after a year and a half of work. Having rebuilt his fund-raising network, Bin Ladin had again become the rich man of the jihad movement.

What is clear is that the period preceding the attacks of 9/11 witnessed an increasing level of ‘al-Qaeda propaganda’: interviews with Western-based journalists, fatwas, open letters and public statements aired via Al Jazeera, by which bin Ladin was attempting to establish a public image. Peter Bergen’s account of his first encounter with the ‘financier of Islamic extremism’ depicts a man who knew how to use the media to his advantage and to leave a lasting impression: what is al-qaeda ?  I met with Osama bin Laden in 1997.

49 As with so much of the history of al-Qaeda, the controversy regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of Azzam remains unresolved. With Azzam dead and the war over, Osama bin Ladin allegedly went back to Saudi Arabia as something of a hero. ’50 With his new status, bin Ladin’s aims became ever more elevated. To illustrate this point, Wright accuses bin Ladin of financing guerrilla war in the newly unified Yemen in a bid to rid the Arabian Peninsula of ‘foreign elements’. 51 At the same time, bin Ladin also became ever more vocal about America and its corrupting role in the Islamic world.

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