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Walid Phares: Bin Laden Ideology and Strategy Live On

Thursday, 01 May 2014 06:37 PM

By Courtney Coren

Dead al-Qaida leaders like Osama bin Laden are contributing to the surge in al-Qaida affiliates and similar terrorist groups recently reported by the State Department, says Walid Phares, Middle East expert.

"It accounts for the growth of al-Qaida into chapters and into regional networks," Phares told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

However, Phares explains that "it is not that a strike on bin Laden has created chapters," as it was argued in the State Department report, but that "bin Laden's speeches have been calling on all jihadists around the world, when they attain the numbers, to create as many chapters as possible."

"So what that means is that the bin Laden ideology and the bin Laden strategy is working despite the fact that that he was killed," he said.

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The other contributing factor leading to the increase is the fact that U.S. foreign policy "has ignored the single most important component of al Qaida, which is the ideology."

"We've ignored the ideology, we've ignored what is making radicalization in the region, and it's precisely from that pool of indoctrinated and radicalized people, we are seeing more jihadists around the world," Phares told Newsmax. "And when you have more jihadists, what do you think they're going to do?"

Instead of going to Pakistan "to support the al-Qaida mother ship," they have decided to create their own chapters.

Phares also said that the Obama administration made the situation in Benghazi a lot more complicated by trying to say it was the result of a video, when everyone knew the truth.

"Everybody knows now... that it's not an issue of a video. It's an issue of terror attacks against a target, which is an American target."

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