Six years since bin Laden’s death, al Qaeda weakened – but not finished

In an era marked by an exponential rise of jihadist group “Islamic State” (IS), not many people remember or care about Osama bin Laden, the most feared terrorist in the world a decade ago. IS has not only overshadowed bin Laden’s al Qaeda in the Middle East, it is now also making huge gains in the Af-Pak region, which was previously dominated by al Qaeda.

The South Asian militant groups, including some factions of the Taliban, are moving closer to IS, which has proven its strength in the past few years by capturing vast swathes of territories in Iraq and Syria, something which al Qaeda could never manage to do in its heyday. The world now fears Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the self-proclaimed “caliph” of the “Islamic State.” Bin Laden has been largely forgotten.

  • FactsWillOut

    Not gone, not weakened, just moved into Europe and calling themselves “immigrants.”

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Anyone remember all the handwringing after we killed bin Laden, and how he was going to be a martyr figure?
    Yeah, the entire Islamic world forgot too.

  • mauser 98

    ‘Sy Hersh’s claim that the raid on Osama bin Laden in 2011 is “one big
    lie,” here’s an overview of evidence in support of an alternative
    narrative: bin Laden died in December 2001 in Tora Bora from a lung
    complication as a result of kidney failure starting at least since