Meet Saif al-Adel

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on May 18, 2011

He’s the new head of al Qaeda, and interestingly enough, he is not from the Arabian Peninsula, which may cause friction with al Qaeda elements in that region of the world. Equally interesting is the possibility–noted by the article–that people like Mullah Omar, and groups like the Taliban may no longer feel a sense of allegiance to al Qaeda, because the allegiance they gave to the person of Osama bin Laden in the form of a baya expired with bin Laden’s death. All of these factors present a host of opportunities to further isolate and divide al Qaeda in the aftermath of the killing of bin Laden.

In any event, here’s hoping that al-Adel has a short career at the top.

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