al-Qaeda: From Global Network to Local Franchise by Christina Hellmich

By Christina Hellmich

Because 9-11, al-Qaeda has ruled American discussions of nationwide and foreign defense. but conflicting assumptions in regards to the nature of the crowd and the results of bin Ladin's demise abound. instead of simply offering one more biography of al-Qaeda, Christina Hellmich forensically examines the main authoritative assets on which the current figuring out of al-Qaeda is predicated, interpreting the discrepancies among what's stated 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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Migaux sets out how bin Ladin exploited the situation, including the weaknesses of the Taliban, to create a symbiotic relationship: A delicate network of alliances, based on honorary positions, marriage ties, administrative functions, financial support, and involvement in trafficking, was gradually being woven between the Taliban and bin Ladin’s movement. … Financial support in the war against the Taliban’s opposition, in particular buying off opposing commanders, proved to be an effective strategy.

During this time the Taliban, led by Mullah Omar, had control over large parts of the country. Migaux sets out how bin Ladin exploited the situation, including the weaknesses of the Taliban, to create a symbiotic relationship: A delicate network of alliances, based on honorary positions, marriage ties, administrative functions, financial support, and involvement in trafficking, was gradually being woven between the Taliban and bin Ladin’s movement. … Financial support in the war against the Taliban’s opposition, in particular buying off opposing commanders, proved to be an effective strategy.

At the head of the new movement were Abdullah Azzam and his deputy, Osama bin Ladin, who may have differed as to how their objectives were to be achieved. When Azzam was killed in 1989, bin Ladin assumed full control of the organization. Between 1991 and 1996, al-Qaeda was headquartered in Sudan, where it enjoyed friendly relations with the governing National Islamic Front. International pressure forced bin Ladin to relocate back to Afghanistan in 1996, where al-Qaeda allied itself with the then-nascent Taliban.

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