How Terrorist Leaders End: Implications for the Future of the Struggle with al-Qaeda

Author
Kacper Rękawek
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
The Polish Institute of International Affairs
Abstract
On 2 May 2011, U.S. special forces killed Osama bin Laden, the leader of al-Qaeda, during a raid in the Pakistani town of Abbottabad. From 1988 onwards he led the first truly transnational, if not global, terrorist organisation aimed at establishing and leading a worldwide coalition of likeminded radicals in their quest for an Islamic Caliphate. The elimination of bin Laden is bound to seriously weaken this atomised terrorist outfit, which relies on the ingenuity of its senior operatives to plan and prepare sporadic, but designed to prove spectacular, terrorist attacks in different parts of the globe.
Topic
Islam, Terrorism, Armed Struggle, Counterinsurgency
Political Geography
Afghanistan, United States, Arabia