Two views of the real motives of global jihadists
Islamism in the Shadow of al-Qaeda
by François Burgat
translation by Patrick Hutchinson
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Seven years after the tragedy of September 11, the world has not seen an act of terrorism to match it. That’s at least some comfort, when one considers that Osama bin Laden remains at large, that suicide attacks by his sympathizers have become commonplace in countries where they were once unheard-of, and that more than four thousand US soldiers have lost their lives in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, which continue with little abatement in Islamist recruiting efforts and no end in sight.
Countless books have been published on al-Qaeda and on US efforts to combat jihadist terrorism. These typically set out to clarify and illuminate the forces driving Islamist militancy and the ways America and the rest of the world have failed to understand or respond properly to threats. But how much do we really understand about
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