Congress Asked for an Assessment of the War on Al-Qaeda. Here’s What We Told Them
In 2015, the U.S. Congress decided it was time to take a public accounting of the U.S. government’s war against al-Qaeda. In that year’s National Defense Authorization Act, Congress mandated:
The Secretary of Defense, in coordination with the Secretary of State and the Director of National Intelligence, shall provide for the conduct of an independent assessment of the effectiveness of the United States’ efforts to disrupt, dismantle, and defeat Al-Qaeda … since September 11, 2001.
At CNA, we recently completed that independent assessment and concluded that the current U.S. strategy will not defeat al-Qaeda, and that a renewed approach is needed. After 16 years of war against this group, at a cost of over a trillion dollars and thousands of U.S. military members killed, how can this be?
First, al-Qaeda today is a different organization in a different world compared to 2001. Today, the group is larger, more agile, and more resilient than it was 16 years ago, having evolved from a rigidly hierarchical organization with no more than a few hundred members operating primarily in Afghanistan to a flat, decentralized, and geographically dispersed organization with tens of thousands of members operating in at least ten countries from Niger to Bangladesh.
“Hay claros indicios de la vuelta a la escena de al-Qaeda con renovados esfuerzos por crear nuevas entidades yihadistas” -por @SusoNunezhttps://blog.realinstitutoelcano.org/terrorismo-a-la-baja-o-no/ …