By Christina Hellmich
In view that Sept. 11, al-Qaeda has ruled American discussions of nationwide and foreign defense. but conflicting assumptions in regards to the nature of the crowd and the consequences of bin Ladin's dying abound. instead of simply offering another biography of al-Qaeda, Christina Hellmich forensically examines the main authoritative assets on which the current knowing of al-Qaeda is based, analyzing the discrepancies among what's pronounced and what can realistically be recognized. the result's a penetrating perception into a firm that for all its notoriety is likely one of the least understood of our time.
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Members did not always know who else signed a contract or swore a bayat. Moreover, many key members of the al Qaeda network … may not have become formal members of the group by making bayat even though they played a controlling role in the work of al Qaeda. 34 Indeed, upon closer analysis of the evidence given in the Arnaout case, which, as the following extract illustrates, is far from clear, at times poorly presented and difficult to read, the data found in the Tareekh Osama file appears to be more reflective of an ongoing attempt at the creation of an organization rather than depicting a well-structured organization already in existence.
Azzam was assassinated in November 1989; his killers have never been identified. 49 As with so much of the history of al-Qaeda, the controversy regarding the circumstances surrounding the death of Azzam remains unresolved. With Azzam dead and the war over, Osama bin Ladin allegedly went back to Saudi Arabia as something of a hero. ’50 With his new status, bin Ladin’s aims became ever more elevated. To illustrate this point, Wright accuses bin Ladin of financing guerrilla war in the newly unified Yemen in a bid to rid the Arabian Peninsula of ‘foreign elements’.
This duty shall not lapse with victory in Afghanistan, and the jihad will remain an individual obligation until all other lands which were formerly Muslim come back to us and Islam reigns within them once again. Before us lie Palestine, Bukhara, Lebanon, Chad, al-qaeda Eritrea, Somalia, the Philippines, Burma, South Yemen, Tashkent, Andalusia… Our presence in Afghanistan today, which is the accomplishment of the imperative of jihad and our devotion to the struggle, does not mean that we have forgotten Palestine.