Since the 9/11 attack Al-Qaeda, the terrorist organization behind the attack, has been under the global radar. Military retaliation operations were launched against them by the US troops and their allies. Progress to eliminate the group was on target proven by the assassination of two of their most prominent and influential leaders; Bin Laden himself in Pakistan, followed by Al-Awlaqi; the leader of AQAP in Yemen.
The call for celebration was on the rise since Al-Qaeda is seemingly on the demise. After all, how can they survive after the fall of their leaders and other operatives by the precision and might of the SEAL teams and the DRONE attacks.
However, despite all of this, and in the wake of the death of thousands of US soldiers in military operations in Afghanistan and Iraq which stemmed from the 9/11 attack by Al-Qaeda, recent reports indicate that Al-Qaeda remains healthy and resilient.
A report by Fox News ( http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/10/21/al-qaeda-in-afghanistan-is-attempting-comeback/?test=latestnews) shows that Al-Qaeda is re-emerging in smaller numbers in the eastern region of Afghanistan and are engaging in combat operations against the US troops and their allies.
What is even more disturbing is that Al-Qaeda’s influence pre 9/11 was confined to Afghanistan and the northwestern region of Pakistan. Today, and after a decade of fighting against them and apparent reduction in their number and power, Al-Qaeda’s influence spans throughout the Middle Eastern region with operations in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, and Somalia. Moreover, Al-Qaeda is gaining more influence in North Africa, specifically in newly revolutionized areas as Tunisia, even in Libya; proven by their assassination of the US ambassador in Benghazi.
Just this week, reports are surfacing of foiled plots by the Jordanian Security Forces against Al-Qaeda members who were attempting to commit suicide bombing operations; nicknamed as “9/11 the second” against Western diplomats, missions, and public facilities in Jordan (see http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/10/21/jordan-says-its-foils-al-qaeda-linked-terror-plot/?intcmp=trending).
All of these recent developments concerning the returning influence of Al-Qaeda can only mean one thing: The demise of Al-Qaeda is a mere wishful thinking! The reason why Al-Qaeda or even Al-Qaeda imitators will always exist has nothing to do with a political ambition or social reformation, rather the issue is much deeper than these superficial ones. Al-Qaeda represents a religious ideology that has lasted for 14 centuries and is represented by communities; nations; empires; and other groups (as the Muslim Brotherhoods) and the likes. This religious ideology is called: Islamic Holy War. Such war is commanded by Islam’s holiest book “The Qur’an” and represented by verses as these:
“I will cast terror into the hearts of those who disbelieve. Therefore strike off their heads and strike off every fingertip of them”
“Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, (even if they are) of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya [head tax] with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.”
“O ye who believe! what is the matter with you, that, when ye are asked to go forth in the cause of Allah, ye cling heavily to the earth? Do ye prefer the life of this world to the Hereafter? But little is the comfort of this life, as compared with the Hereafter. Unless ye go forth, He will punish you with a grievous penalty, and put others in your place.”
“O you who believe! fight those of the unbelievers who are near to you and let them find in you hardness.”
“”Surely Allah loves those who fight in His way”
With violent passages as implicit as these, one can fairly say: Don’t blame Al-Qaeda, blame the Qur’an, the real Islamic dilemma.
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