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Report: Al-Qaeda 'Movement' Doesn't Report to bin Laden

Sunday, 26 September 2004 12:00 AM

"Any assessment that the global terror movement has been rolled back or that even one component, al-Qaeda, is on the run is optimistic and most certainly incorrect," said M.J. Gohel, head of the Asia-Pacific Foundation. "Bin Laden's doctrines are now playing themselves out all over the world. Destroying al-Qaeda will not resolve the problem."

Furthermore, experts are alarmed by al-Qaeda's switch from spectacular attacks that require years of planning to smaller, more numerous strikes on softer targets that can be carried out swiftly with little money or outside help.

Case in point: A Saudi captured after a botched car bombing in Baghdad recently said he had been slipped across the border, given $200 and keys to a car and told to attack a military convoy.

According to the Times report, the Al Qaeda movement now appears to be more of an ideology than an organization -- spreading worldwide among cells inspired by the Sept. 11 attacks.

Adherents of the movement generally share a few basic principles: an overarching belief that Muslims must take up arms in a holy war against the Judeo-Christian West, a profound sense of indignation over the deaths of Muslims in Palestinian territories and Iraq, and a conviction that secular rulers should be replaced by Islamic governments.

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