by DAVID AXE
“The current fight against Al Qaeda appears to have no end,” Leonard Weinberg and Arie Perliger wrote in the latest Sentinel counter-terrorism journal. (Not yet online.) “Various tactics have been employed to defeat the terrorist group, including assassinating cell leaders and “re-educating” members. Yet the network persists … ”
But never fear. “By examining the past, it is clear that almost all terrorist groups and all terrorist campaigns that appeared so menacing in previous decades have passed from the scene.” To figure out what usually kills terror groups, the authors examined groups from all over the world, going back several decades. They came up with the handy chart seen above.
No wonder the Pentagon is so adamant on mounting drone strikes against Al-Qaeda leadership in Pakistan. The military knows that killing leaders often works. Of course, these days Al Qaeda is more of a terror brand with no single leadership cadre, so perhaps “loss of public support” is a more likely outcome.