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Decoding Al-Qaeda's StrategyThe Deep Battle Against America$
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Michael Ryan

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231163842

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231163842.001.0001

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What It All Means

What It All Means

(p.255) Conclusion: What It All Means
Decoding Al-Qaeda's Strategy

Michael W. S. Ryan

Columbia University Press

This concluding chapter demonstrates that al-Qaeda and its adherents failed to achieve their ultimate goal. The Americans succeeded in destroying the safe haven of the organization in Afghanistan as well as al-Qaeda cadres inside the Saudi Arabia, forcing al-Qaeda to retreat to Yemen. In addition, the U.S. was able to finish establishing an international counterterrorism network that involves both financial and police actions. Although, Abu Bakr Naji and other strategists have emphasized the need to undermine respect for the United States by portraying all favorable reports about the United States as the effects of a “deceptive media halo,” the chapter concludes that the U.S. news media are in the best position to refute such blanket accusations, because reports that explore controversial issues and criticisms of the U.S. demonstrate the freedom of the press to criticize their own governments.

Keywords:   al-Qaeda, Afghanistan, Abu Bakr Naji, international counterterrorism network, news media

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