Terrorist Leaders


Profile: Abu Musab al-Zarqawi

Author: Lee Hudson Teslik

A profile of the terrorist Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the man responsible for coordinating suicide bombings in Amman and Madrid, multiple attacks on Iraqi Shiites and Shiite mosques, and the highly-publicized beheading of American Nicholas Berg.

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Analysis Brief


Author: CFR.org Staff

A new tape from al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden repeated threats to attack the United States and asserted al-Qaeda is growing stronger in Iraq and around the world. The release comes amid anger in Pakistan over a U.S. missile strike aimed at bin Laden's deputy, Ayman Zawahiri.

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CFR and HBO Screening of the new HBO Documentary Manhunt

Speaker: Greg Barker
Speaker: Nada Bakos
Speaker: Peter Bergen
Speaker: Philip Mudd
Presider: Fareed Zakaria

On May 2, 2011, Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs in a compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The raid lasted forty minutes, but the hunt for bin Laden took two decades. The search began with a team of mostly female CIA analysts, known in intelligence circles as the Sisterhood, who were trying to take down bin Laden before most even knew his name. Piecing together scraps of intelligence, they uncovered al-Qaeda and warned Washington of this new impending threat. Their warnings were repeatedly ignored until the 9/11 attacks, when all the rules changed.

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