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al-Qaida Hunt Achieved Limited Success

The two suspected masterminds of the Istanbul suicide bombings are at large a year after the blasts in a scenario that’s being played out around the world: police quickly make arrests, but often struggle for years to catch the organizers of terror attacks. In this case, Turkish security forces say they have dismantled much of the network behind the bombings that killed some 60 people, but the leaders are thought to have fled to Iraq. “What al-Qaida and other terrorist groups often do is make sure that the true masterminds leave the country or go underground” after an attack, said Daniel Byman, a senior fellow at the Saban Center at the Brookings Institution. “In general, the expendable foot soldiers remain.” Just look at Morocco, where police detained about 7,000 people after a May 16, 2003, string of bomb attacks killed at least 33 people in Casablanca. More than 700 remain behind bars; intelligence officials admit key suspects are on the run. Full Story

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