Rami Khouri on the resurgence of al Qaeda

The Global Circle of Criminals and Lawlessness Keeps Expanding
Agence Global
August 1, 2012
Commentary by: Rami Khouri, senior fellow with the Belfer Center’s Middle East Initiative and director of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut
Topic: Resurgence of Al Qaeda affiliates

“BEIRUT — A noteworthy but troubling recent development across the Middle East and North Africa has been the quiet resurgence of Al Qaeda affiliates and similar Salafi militants that confront established regimes. This has occurred alongside the emergence of nonviolent Salafi movements that take the opposite route of engaging in the political system, including winning in electoral politics and assuming official posts in Tunisia and Egypt. We face a new generation of militants and terrorists now partly because we did not honestly analyze or fully understand the mainstream Islamists who emerged in the last three decades.”

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