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Death and Destruction: Bin Laden's True Legacy

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
May 5, 2016 | 08:20 GMT
The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon fulfilled the ambition of Osama bin Laden -- who died five years ago -- to have the United States invade the Muslim world.
The 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon fulfilled Osama bin Laden's ambition to have the United States invade the Muslim world. His death five years ago in a U.S. raid served vengeance but had little effect on the global jihadist movement.
(ALEX FUCHS/AFP/Getty Images)

May 2 marked the five-year anniversary of the death of Osama bin Laden. In the wake of that operation, we noted that while bin Laden's death fulfilled a sense of vengeance and closure for the 9/11 attacks, in the big picture, it was going to have little effect on the trajectory of the wider jihadist movement. A man was dead, but the ideology of jihadism was going to continue to pose a threat. The jihadist movement has progressed closer to bin Laden's vision for the world in the past five years than it had in the almost 10 years between 9/11 and his death. An arc of jihad now spreads from West Africa through the Middle East and into Southeast Asia. Reflecting on bin Laden's demise provides a reminder not to lose sight of the wider jihadist movement by focusing on individuals and groups....

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