Bin-Laden’s death comes as “double blow” to already ‘wounded’ al-Qaeda: Experts

May 3rd, 2011 - 1:59 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, May 3 (ANI): The death of Osama bin-Laden had has come as a severe blow to the al-Qaeda, leaving it “wounded” and disorganised, experts have claimed.

“It’s not the death knell yet, but they’re wounded. They’re hurting. This adds to all the adverse things they’re facing - the decreased attractiveness of their ideology, a diminishing capacity as an organization and, now most importantly, the lack of a unifying element,” The New York Daily News quoted Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, a senior fellow at Harvard University’s Belfer Center, as saying.

“It’s not clear after him there is such a person that can keep the whole thing together,” he added.

Bin Laden had made the al-Qaeda into the world’s most feared terror organization, especially after the 9/11 attacks on the US.

The experts, however, believe that al-Qaeda had been on a decline after several

top figures got killed, and uprisings across the Middle East proved them of less relevance.

Thomas Sanderson, Deputy Director of the Transnational Threats Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, believes that bin-Laden’s death has come as a “double blow” for the organisation.

“These developments present great challenges to the organization, but they are survivable because he long ago marginalized himself by creating a network of regional terror groups.” (ANI)

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