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Kabul blast shows al-Qaeda still in business

Three of its top military planners are dead or behind bars, hundreds of followers have been rounded up and it has lost its main training and operational centres. But the weekend’s suicide bombing that killed four German peacekeepers and wounded 31 in Kabul is merely the latest evidence of the lasting reach and influence of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaeda network. Experts say that countering al-Qaeda and its brand of extremism is more challenging than ever because the organization has evolved into a looser, more fragmented movement. Having so broadly seeded the growth of anti-Western extremism across the Muslim world, al-Qaeda’s ideology has been franchised to regional allies who can operate without central organization. Full Story

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