15 Jan '12, 9pm

Terror goes back to local roots

The death of Osama bin Laden dealt a "lethal hit" to Al Qaeda in that the terror group has become much more fragmented and weakened under the leadership of Ayman Al Zawahiri (picture), said Mr Ali Soufan. Noting that Al Zawahiri, being an Egyptian, lacked the respect among Arab fighters in Al Qaeda, Mr Soufan said the organisation has become "increasingly irrelevant". For instance, some components of the group operating on the Algerian frontiers have tribal reasons for their anger. "The slogan of bin Laden's Al Qaeda: Expel the infidels from the Arabian peninsula, is not even part of their vocabulary." Al Qaeda in the Arabian peninsula is busy " trying to be part of the political fabric of the Yemeni opposition in southern Yemen, "so their slogan now is very different and their way of operating is different from that when bin Laden was there". "Al Qaeda in Iraq, their main...

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