There is no doubt that al Qaeda has suffered some setbacks, but how significant are they?
For Canadians, uncertainty in Africa may breed insecurity at home.
Although bin Laden’s removal is a defining event in American and global counterterrorism, his death may have limited effect on AQIM, al Shabaab, and other al Qaeda allies.
Al Qaeda has cleverly positioned itself to gain traction among disaffected Arabs and Muslims if and when these experiments in people-power fail.
Of the many and varied violent non-state African groups that share some of al Qaeda’s ideological principles and practical goals, two currently stand out.
Why supporting the Arab Spring and exploiting bin Laden’s death will keep Canadians safer.