The Genesis, rise, and uncertain future of Al-Qaeda

Authored by: Daveed Gartenstein-Ross

The Routledge History of Terrorism

Print publication date:  April  2015
Online publication date:  March  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415535779
eBook ISBN: 9781315719061
Adobe ISBN: 9781317514879


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Al-Qaeda has already upended traditional understandings of terrorism in several important ways. Until the 9/11 attacks, most observers accepted Brian Michael Jenkins’s observation that “terrorists want a lot of people watching and a lot of people listening and not a lot of people dead.” 1 But on September 11, 2001, the world was given conclusive and grisly proof that some groups did in fact want a lot of people to die in their terrorist attacks and possessed the deadly competence to make it happen.

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