Al Qa’eda’s Ayman al-Zawahiri (L) and Osama bin Laden in a video broadcast by Al Jazeera, April 15, 2002
I joined UK and Irish outlets on Tuesday to discuss and analyze the US assassination of Al Qa’eda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri and its consequences.
I consider whether Al Qa’eda has long been a “spent force” after the US killing of Osama bin Laden in 2011; the significance for Afghanistan, including the Taliban regime, and neighboring Pakistan; any impact on US domestic politics in the run-up to November’s Congressional elections; and the issues beyond a generation’s “War on Terror”.
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'It would've been really significant a decade ago, when Osama Bin Laden was killed. Al Qaeda is a spent force…they pretty much have faded.'
Professor of American Studies Scott Lucas reacts to the killing of the Al Qaeda leader.
— GB News (@GBNEWS) August 2, 2022