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The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda$
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Fawaz A. Gerges

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199790654

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199790654.001.0001

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The Growing Rift

The Growing Rift

(p.69) 2 The Growing Rift
The Rise and Fall of Al-Qaeda

Fawaz A. Gerges

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the growing rift between domestic and transnational jihadis who sought to internationalize jihad. Al-Qaeda's transnational jihad was embraced by a tiny minority within the jihadist family and has never grown deep roots in Muslim societies. No internal unity or coherence ever existed among jihadis who, while sharing a similar ideological viewpoint of the world, differed bitterly over tactics and strategy. From the beginning, divisions and rivalries between local and transnational militants limited al-Qaeda's military reach. These divisions and rivalries escalated into an open struggle after September 11.

Keywords:   al-Qaeda, terrorists, terrorist group, transnational jihad, jihadists, jihadism, bin Laden

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