Al Qaeda’s Future Plans

May 02 2011

Al Qaeda’s Future Plans

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Now that the founder of al Qaeda is officially dead what is next for a terrorist group that was kick started by him? Some think that they have no chance of survival without their leader and believe that his closest predecessor, Ayman al-Zawahiri, is next in line to replace Osama Bin Laden. Bin laden was seen as a unifying figure for many Taliban and was adept in maintaining communication and unity among the group. This makes his absence even more detrimental to al-Qaeda who is in no rush to replace him.

“They are a very patient organization. They have survived two decades without a state sponsor. There is no need for them to rush,” said counterterrorism expert Erroll G. Southers, an adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.

Southers explains how important it is for the U.S. to keep their guard up and to maintain al Qaeda as a serious threat that should not be forgotten.

What can be expected is a strike back by the extremist group for the loss of their leader. Many believe that retaliation will not only come from al Qaeda but from Pakistan as well and the U.S. reaction to Osama’s death will probably not be taken well. Authorities have been cautious and recommend high alert for global travel. The Department of homeland security has no plans for raising the national threat level but are taking the necessary precautions in heightening travel security and promoting awareness on the current topic. Security measures have been raised not only in America but around the world as well; Egypt and Britain have reassured higher aviation security and national travel security.

Osama’s death has brought relief to our country but the United States must be cautious and aware of the possible joining of extremists groups and potential threats against the country.

3 Responses to “Al Qaeda’s Future Plans”

  1. mdattilo Says:

    I believe that Osama’s death will be a huge hit for the organization. Obama was the son of a Saudi billionaire and was providing funding for the organization. Without their leader and main source of income the group will struggle to get back on its feet.

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  3. wvayianos Says:

    With the death of Osama, it seems as though Al Qaeda’s new leader may be Ayman al-Zawahiri, the “brains” of the September 11th attacks. I hope that security measures continue to be raised because Al Qaeda will absolutely retaliate.

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