How many times have we heard that America took out the third in command of Al Qaeda in Iraq and yet nothing seems to change on the ground as it relates to terrorism(except, of course, for that slain terrorist). Perhaps, America’s vision of how we destroy the command and control of these groups is out of sync with the ways in which they operate. Katherine Zimmerman, of the American Enterprise Institute, explains the disconnect between how the Salafi-Jihadi movement has shifted its priorities to local control over global objectives. Our analysts wrongly have perceived this change as a weakening of these groups. And as attacks in the West have diminished in the recent period, our counter terrorism efforts against a dynamic enemy have been to maintain an irrelevant and outdated strategy. Please listen to this episode to update your own thinking on this important topic.
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