On the new focus of the post-bin Laden Al Qaeda, oil games in Iraq, and what the right-wing merger in Israel means for the dying peace process with the Palestinians.
- The New York Times: Al Qaeda-inspired groups, minus goal of striking US (Robert F. Worth, October 27)
"...But there is an important distinction: most of the newer jihadist groups have local agendas, and very few aspire to strike directly at the United States as Osama bin Laden's core network did. They may interfere with American interests around the world -- as in Syria, where the presence of militant Islamists among the rebels fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad has inhibited American efforts to support the uprising. But that is a far cry from terrorist plots aimed at the United States itself."