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Just a few months ago many in the current Administration, declared that Al Qaeda was on the ropes. The president, the SecDef and the Director of the CIA, maybe even the SecState – do not recall, but all had a message that it was time to start winding down George Bushes’s Global War on Terrorism because Al Qaeda was “on the path to defeat.”
The assault on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, by an Al Qaeda affiliate called Al Shabab, has been reported as a local matter between the jihadist in Somalia and the Kenyan government who has troops in Somalia helping the African Union try to keep some kind of peace in that failed state.
The SOF raids in Somalia and Libya seemed to be reported as mixed results. The SOF raid in Libya may have gotten their intended target but what about the killers of the ambassador and three other Americans. This raid will surely send the attackers on the U.S. counsulate into deep hiding.
The raid into Somalia by SEAL Team 6, according to news reports, seemed to have been repulsed by the Al Shabab fighters with no know results about their intended target.
Nevertheless, the two SOF raids over the weekend may send a short term message to all Al Qaeda affiliates.
The most surprising thing of the Al Qaeda revival is the extent that its ideology, now aided by the failures from the “Arab Spring,” continues to spread through madrassas, mosques, and jihadist websites and TV channels.
Most will agree that Al Qaeda will never go away any time soon and the West can only attack their bases, as in Somalia and Libya, to show them that the U.S. will not lay down and give up the fight.