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Al Qaeda’s renewed focus on inflicting terrorist atrocities on British soil reflects a pervasive weakness in their strategy as their legitimating logic threatens to unravel

Brahimi, Alia (2011) Al Qaeda’s renewed focus on inflicting terrorist atrocities on British soil reflects a pervasive weakness in their strategy as their legitimating logic threatens to unravel. British Politics and Policy at LSE (25 Jan 2011) Blog Entry.

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Abstract

Until recently, Al Qaeda has been on the back foot, largely through its own blunders in the non-Western world. Yet during the Christmas period, Prime Minister David Cameron put Britain on a high ‘terror-alert’ after nine British men of Bangladeshi origin were arrested for allegedly plotting terrorist attacks on shopping malls and nightclubs in London, a case that is still to be resolved. Alia Brahimi argues that Al Qaeda’s activity in targeting Britain and Europe is unlikely to let up, because it sees attacks on ‘legitimate’ targets in the West as bolstering its flagging perceived legitimacy and authority, and as congruent with its more ‘moderate’ tactics in the Arabian peninsula of minimizing harm to Muslims.

Item Type: Website (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/politicsandpolicy/
Additional Information: © 2011 the author
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Sets: Collections > British Politics and Policy at LSE
Research centres and groups > LSE Global Governance
Research centres and groups > Civil Society and Human Security Research Unit
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Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2011 16:52
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/31985/

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