In early 2011, the Arab Spring shook the Middle East, toppling governments in Tunisia and Egypt with Libya and Yemen soon to follow. From his hideout in Pakistan, Osama bin Laden shifted strategies, focusing al-Qaeda’s affiliates on developing internally while exploiting regional chaos. By May 2011, bin Laden was dead.
Six years later his message remains potent while al-Qaeda’s affiliates are more powerful, widespread, and better equipped than ever. The Islamic State―al-Qaeda’s most brutal spinoff ―may be failing in its effort to restore the Caliphate, but al-Qaeda remains a threat. In his newest book Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State, former FBI special agent and New York Times best-selling author Ali Soufan dissects bin Laden’s brand of jihadi terrorism and its major offshoots, explaining how we got here from that moment in 2011 and how the threat could be countered.
Ali Soufan is Chairman and CEO of The Soufan Group. A former FBI Special Agent, Mr. Soufan investigated and supervised highly sensitive and complex international terrorism cases including the East Africa Embassy bombings, the attack on the USS Cole, and the events surrounding 9/11. Mr. Soufan serves as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He is the author of The New York Times Top 10 Bestseller, The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against al Qaeda. Mr. Soufan is an Honors graduate in International Studies and Political Science from Mansfield University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Villanova University, where he received a Masters in International Relations.
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Ali Soufan @Ali_H_Soufan
CEO, The Soufan Group
Author, Anatomy of Terror: From the Death of bin Laden to the Rise of the Islamic State
Peter Bergen @peterbergencnn
Vice President, New America