March 12, 2008

SPEAKING OF TRIBALISM:

Ethnic dispute tears al Qaeda, Hayden says (Bill Gertz, March 12, 2008, Washington Times)

Internal divisions between Saudi and Egyptian leaders of al Qaeda are producing "fissures" within the terrorist group and a possible battle over who will succeed Osama bin Laden, CIA Director Michael V. Hayden said yesterday. [...]

Bin Laden is now an "iconic" figure hiding in the remote border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan, Mr. Hayden said in a wide-ranging interview with editors and reporters of The Washington Times.

"And frankly, then, we think there has been an awful lot of jockeying" among possible successors, Mr. Hayden said.

"Keep in mind, he's a Saudi. An awful lot of that leadership is Egyptian. If the Saudi dies, who becomes the next guy may be quite a contentious matter," he said.

"And there are fissures in al Qaeda because of this dominance of Egyptians inside the senior leadership, where you have a Saudi at the top," Mr. Hayden said during a meeting at CIA headquarters in McLean. "You can only imagine what then happens if he goes and then who comes in."


How weak their ideology is that it's trumped by tribe.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2008 9:05 AM
Comments

The man is already dead.

Posted by: Bartman at March 12, 2008 12:13 PM
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