What Does the Future of Al-Qaida Look Like?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Big changes continue for al-Qaida—earlier this week, the killing of Fazul Abdullah Mohammed dealt another heavy blow to the terrorist network, which then finally announced a new leader, Ayman Zawahiri. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates played down the news, saying he lacks the 'charisma' Bin Laden had. So what does the future look like for Al-Zawahiri and his organization?

We speak to Leah Farrall, Former Senior Counter-Terrorism Analyst for the Australian Federal Police and now author of the blog, All Things Counter Terrorism. She gives her take on what we can expect from the new chief and how the organization will move forward.

Leah Farrall says "Zawahiri is likely to draw heavily on Bin Laden's legacy and portray himself as implementer-in-chief of his boss's objectives and vision."




Leah Farrall

Comments [2]


Chapter 2 of the 9/11 Commission Report does a good job summarizing the history of al Qaeda:
If the Commission's report doesn't qualify as "evidence," there's no point discussing it further: that's a sign of being too far down the rabbit hole of Trutherism to reason with.

Jun. 21 2011 10:08 PM
LS from NYC

Every time the word al-Qaida is mentioned on your show, I will deduct $1.50 from any future contribution to WNYC.

Stop the NPR WNYC Mind Control! Enough!
I do not need or care to hear anymore about al-Qaida while I iron my shirt in the morning!

al-Qaida is a farce! There is NO evidence al-Qaida exists or that al-Qaida had anything to do with 9/11.

Why don't you do a radio show about that??


Jun. 17 2011 07:44 AM

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