January 24th, 2013
08:13 AM ET

Is al-Qaeda on the offensive?

By Fareed Zakaria

The recent terrorist attack at a natural gas plant in Algeria–which, together with the counterstrike by Algiers, left 38 hostages and 29 militants dead–has aroused fears that we are watching the resurrection of al-Qaeda, no longer just in Southwest Asia but in virtually every corner of Africa as well. British Prime Minister David Cameron reacted to the events in a way that evoked the days after 9/11. "This is a global threat, and it will require a global response," he said. "It wants to destroy our way of life. It believes in killing as many people as it can."

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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Hahahahahahaha

    Power up the drones!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahaha

    January 24, 2013 at 9:20 am | Reply
  2. rightospeak

    Al-Qaeda was created by Neocons in Afganistan and is a tool to drain our treasury. It is used to terrorize the brainwashed American public into spending more on the military and to have Draconian laws like the Patriot Act to keep the impoverished American public in line and to prevent a revolt.

    January 24, 2013 at 9:23 am | Reply
    • Hahahahhahahaah

      Gotta keep the MIC funded and the FED stealing our money!!!! Hahahahahahahahaha

      January 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Reply
      • Joseph McCarthy

        Well said, Hahahahhahahahaah and quite true, too!

        January 24, 2013 at 7:14 pm |
  3. Quigley

    Is Al Qaeda on the offensive? Of course not! As a matter of fact, it has all it can do just to survive but the right-wing thugs in Washington are still using it as an excuse to get us into more of these useless and unnecessary wars. We're living in a Capitalist society, so what can one expect?

    January 24, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Reply
  4. mi'adhussy

    All shall pass that hath come! Beware least you are caught unaware, that which is promised must come and no power on earth can change that so, have patience oh you who believe and be steadfast in your prayer for He hears who calls him.

    January 24, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Reply
  5. Nana Bowman

    There's no SURVIVE in Al Qaeda's dictionary. Al Qaeda could wrap an atomic bomb around it's waist as if it flew planes into buildings. We need to be on alert all the time. My freedom loving fellow citizens.

    January 24, 2013 at 4:01 pm | Reply
    • Lyndsie Graham

      Gee whiz Nana, do you honestly believe that Al Qaeda, as weak as it currently is, can get their hands on any nuclear weapon? Of course it can't! Today, Al Qaeda has all it can do just to survive!

      January 24, 2013 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  6. j. von hettlingen

    Belmokhtar is more a bandit than a jihadi. It's unclear how close his ties are to AQIM, after falling out with them. He grew up in Sahara and knows every inch of the region. Hence the Islamists know where to retreat and hide.

    January 27, 2013 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • j. von hettlingen

      He had made international headlines with the attack on the Algerian gas plant. His initial goal was kidnapping foreign workers there, as shootings broke out, it developed into a siege. He then linked the attack to France's military intervention in Mali to gain global attention.

      January 28, 2013 at 4:29 am | Reply

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