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Research Report

THE AL QAEDA NETWORK: A NEW FRAMEWORK FOR DEFINING THE ENEMY

KATHERINE ZIMMERMAN
Copyright Date: Sep. 1, 2013
Pages: 60
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https://www.jstor.org/stable/resrep03153
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Table of Contents

  1. (pp. 3-30)

    Al Qaeda has always been more than Osama bin Laden. The wealthy Saudi sheikh founded the group in 1988 and led it until his death in 2011. He became famous as the man who declared war on the United States in 1996, even before the most spectacular mass murder of 2001. A cult of personality formed around him within his movement and beyond. His name and face were, for many years, virtually the only symbol of America’s most active enemy.

    But he never operated alone. Supporters helped him in Afghanistan. Like-minded violent Islamists sought to join him from across the...