May 19, 2014
THE JIHAD DIED WITH AL QAEDA:
Has al-Qaida lost its mantle as the leading jihadi organization? (ARIEL BEN SOLOMON, 05/19/2014 , Jerusalem Post)
A report published on the Carnegie Endowment's Syria in Crisis website by Jean-Pierre Filiu, professor of Middle East studies at Sciences Po's Paris School of International Affairs and a long-time French diplomat who served in Arab countries, makes the bold argument that al-Qaida is no longer "the core of a global jihadi movement.""The former Iraqi branch of al-Qaida [ISIL] has now superseded [Osama] bin Laden's network to become the more important driving force behind the global jihad," he said.Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over al-Qaida after bin Laden's death in May 2011, has been leading what "typically has been seen as a complex of overlapping 'franchises' that together make up the core of a global jihadi movement."
There is a series of narrow insurgent movements, not a global one.Posted by Orrin Judd at May 19, 2014 6:52 PM