Saturday, September 01, 2007

How's Al Qaeda Doing Since War in Iraq?

Did President George W. Bush’s “bring ‘em on” cause a quagmire in Iraq? All the whining of al Qaeda #2 man Al-Zawahiri might make one think its al Qaeda that’s stuck in the quagmire. See Al-Zawahiri’s July 4, 2007 video at

Al-Zawahiri’s laments include:
■ Short of men and supplies
■ Iraqi Sunnis working with US
■ Moderate Muslims won’t praise al Qaeda
■ al Qaeda is losing international support

President Bush’s strategy is that if we take the fight to the terrorists, they will find it much more difficult to take the fight to the West and the United States. See listing of Al Qaeda terrorist attacks at Of those Al Qaeda terrorist attacks outside of Iraq, the first five were directly against United States interests, four during the Clinton administration and then the attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon September 11, 2001.

So how’s al Qaeda doing since?

There have been twenty-one Al Qaeda terrorist attacks since 9/11 of which most were in Arab countries. Including Muslim countries like Indonesia and Turkey, eighteen attacks of the twenty-one were in Muslim countries during the six years since 9/11. There was also an attack in Kenya, and two in Western Europe [Madrid and London]. None in the United States.

In 2002, while President Bush pursued diplomacy at the United Nations and military authorization from Congress, Al Qaeda had six successful terrorist attacks in Kenya and five Muslim countries killing 266 people. In 2003, the year the US engaged in militarily action in Iraq, Al Qaeda had six successful attacks in four Muslim countries killing 147 people.

Since the War in Iraq: in 2004 Al Qaeda had five successful terrorist attacks [Madrid, Spain and two Muslim countries] killing 338 people. In 2005, Al Qaeda had three successful terrorist attacks [London, England and two Muslim countries] killing 131 people. In 2006, Al Qaeda had no successful terrorist attack. In 2007, Al Qaeda has had one successful terrorist attack in Algeria killing 35 people.


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