The US, UK and Saudi Arabia are to blame for al-Qaeda’s resurgence

I wrote about my take on Abdel Bari Atwan’s latest book on al-Qaida and discuss some of its themes:

The horrific doctrine and practices of bin Laden and his followers ensures that the popular appeal of al-Qaeda in the Middle East is always going to be limited at best. Add to that the defeat that al-Qaeda “central” (bin Laden and his small group did not originally name themselves “al-Qaeda,” but soon adopted the western-invented moniker when it because a byword for fear after September 2001) suffered in 2001 when America and its military allies invaded and bombed Afghanistan, destroying its bases, toppling its Taliban allies and forcing its leadership to flee to Pakistan.

Read the whole column over at MEMO.

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