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Revista UNISCI 2015, 37

Author: Kangil Lee



UNISCI Discussion Papers ISSN: 1696-2206 Universidad Complutense de Madrid España Lee, Kangil DOES AL QAEDA CENTRAL STILL MATTER? UNISCI Discussion Papers, núm.
37, enero-junio, 2015, pp.
15-48 Universidad Complutense de Madrid Madrid, España Available in: How to cite Complete issue More information about this article Journals homepage in Scientific Information System Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal Non-profit academic project, developed under the open access initiative Revista UNISCI - UNISCI Journal , Nº 37 (Enero - January 2015) DOES AL QAEDA CENTRAL STILL MATTER? Kangil Lee1 International Center for Political Violence and Terrorism Abstract: This article examines whether Al Qaeda Central are still relevant or not.
By investigating Al Qaeda Central’s activities, which are aimed at provoking violence in Afghanistan and Pakistan, as well as its continuous plots of direct attacks against the US, this article shows that Al Qaeda’s operational capability is stronger than anticipated by the US and other scholars.
In addition, Al Qaeda affiliates maintain a close relationship with the group which in turn facilitates Al Qaeda Central’s resiliency.
Moreover, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)’s aggressive support and contribution to the Al Qaeda network indicates that Al Qaeda Central’s longevity depends on its relationship with affiliates.
The article concludes that under these conditions, Al Qaeda Central still has a place in global security discussions. Keywords: Al Qaeda, Islamic State, terrorism, Haqqani network, Pakistani Taliban, Al Qaeda affiliates, operational methods. Resumen: El artículo discute si Al Qaeda central es todavía relevante o no.
Tras estudiar la actividades de Al Qaeda central cuyo objetivo es provocar la violencia en Afganistán y Pakistán, así como los planes continuos de ataques dir...

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