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Is Bin Laden losing?

Al Qaeda has not experienced a sudden slump in support. It has been in decline for many years

By Jason Burke   July 2008

In May, two articles by western experts on al Qaeda suggested that Bin Laden’s terrorist organisation might be in sharp decline. Both were meticulously researched and received wide attention. Peter Bergen and Paul Cruickshank, research fellows at New York University, and Lawrence Wright of the New Yorker are all authoritative observers of Islamic militancy. The article by the former pair, in the New Republic, focused on disillusion among ex-militants with the strategy adopted over the last ten years by the al Qaeda leadership of Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. This discontent, they said, was the result partly of the…

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