The Fire Still Burns

Over the past couple years, we’ve been reading a lot about the gradual demise of Al Qaeda. The Economist explains that the Nairobi bombing is a reminder that reports of this demise have been greatly exaggerated: “From Somalia to Syria, al-Qaeda franchises and jihadist fellow travellers now control more territory, and can call on more fighters, than at any time since Osama bin Laden created the organisation 25 years ago.”

+ More from The Economist’s report on The New Face of Terror: “For all the West’s supposedly huge soft power, it has been feeble in its efforts to win over moderate Muslims in the most important battle of all, that of ideas.”

Copied to Clipboard