Osama bin Laden’s Son Gaining Power Within al-Qaeda
By William Tucker
Contributor, In Homeland Security
„Last Monday marked the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States and the beginning of America’s War on Terror. In what has become a standard routine, pundits publish articles – both retrospective and introspective – regarding the events of that awful day and the continuing war against radical terrorist groups.
What is becoming increasingly consistent, however, are the continuing failures to quash terrorism. Combating something like terrorism is not a task that has a definite end.
Groups that engage in terrorism do not last forever, although the tactic has sustained itself for over 3,000 years. Even if the eradication of al-Qaeda was the U.S. goal, the radical ideology of the group is not something that is restricted only to Osama bin Laden or any jihadist offshoot.
The Islamic State (IS) has demonstrated this devotion to ideology quite clearly. Although it is a former al-Qaeda subsidiary, the IS has developed its own distinct brand of militant Islam.“ (…)