This piece analyses the growth of Dr. Zawahiri among jihadist ranks and tries to forecast the future direction of Al-Qaeda under his aegis. This essay concludes that Zawahiri’s present weakness among jihadists is an initial irritant to the wider plans of Zawahiri, which would include re-focusing efforts towards the Arab world’s unrest before returning to target the West.
In late September 2010, the United States issued a travel advisory for its citizens warning against travel to European cities. This occurred in the backdrop of a high terror alert across European countries of France, Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom; all countries are known allies of the United States and are battling domestic Islamic radicalization. This commentary focuses on one aspect of the European terror plot - the role of Germans in global Jihad.
The 2 May 2010 attempted detonation of a car bomb in New York City, United States, should be considered as another near miss incident on the United States' terror radar. What remains a pivotal edge which authorities have against terrorist groups is the public support, and as leads and information about the perpetuators reaches into the hands of investigators, the further inroads we make in the War on Terror.