Think again: Al Qaeda

The world’s most notorious terrorist organization was never quite what Americans thought it was — and Osama bin Laden’s death doesn’t mean that it’s down for the count. Read the full article here.

By , a professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.
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The world's most notorious terrorist organization was never quite what Americans thought it was -- and Osama bin Laden's death doesn't mean that it's down for the count.

Read the full article here.

The world’s most notorious terrorist organization was never quite what Americans thought it was — and Osama bin Laden’s death doesn’t mean that it’s down for the count.

Read the full article here.

Daniel Byman is a professor at Georgetown University and a senior fellow at the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. His latest book is Spreading Hate: The Global Rise of White Supremacist Terrorism. Twitter: @dbyman

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