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Seven Years After 9/11: Al-Qaida’s Strengths and Vulnerabilities


At an August 21 ICSR media briefing in New York, Richard Barrett, Coordinator of the United Nations’ Al-Qaida/Taliban Monitoring Team, presented his views on the status of Al Qaeda. Barrett outlined the conclusions of his paper ‘Seven Years After 9/11: Al-Qaida’s Strengths and Vulnerabilities,’ published as part of the ICSR Future Actions Series, presenting a nuanced evaluation of the organisation’s current ability to assert itself in the international arena. Barrett concluded that Al-Qaida is severely weakened internationally since 2001 but increasingly assertive in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area, offering several suggestions for further curtailing the organisation’s strength.