Over the past eight years, al-Qaeda’s fortunes have ebbed and flowed. Drones, uprisings, and a challenge from the Islamic State have forced the core al-Qaeda organization—historically based in the Afghanistan/Pakistan region—and its various branches to adapt and migrate outward.

In this new Policy Focus, Washington Institute fellow Aaron Y. Zelin compiles case studies demonstrating how each part of al-Qaeda’s network has evolved and survived the various challenges it has faced roughly since the Obama administration took office. Written by eminent scholars, practitioners, and government officials from the United States and abroad, the chapters are informed by a recent workshop in which the participants gave candid, off-the-record assessments of numerous key issues, including al-Qaeda’s current strategic outlook, a close examination of its branch in Syria, its branches outside of Syria (AQAP, AQIM, al-Shabab, and AQIS), and its current financial situation.

Contributors include: myself, Bruce Hoffman, Charles Lister, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Samuel Heller, Katherine Zimmerman, Andrew Lebovich, Christopher Anzalone, Don Rassler, Hans-Jakob Schindler, Katherine Bauer, and Matthew Levitt.

Click here to read the full publication (124 pages).

For prior parts in this martyrdom series see: #21#20#19#18, #17, #16, #15, #14, #13#11, #9, #8, #7, #6, #5, #4, #3, #2, and #1.

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Ifrīqīyyah al-Muslimah: “The Series ‘What Makes Them Content Is That They Are With Us’ #22: Enlightenment of the Insights: Biography of the Commander Abū Thamāmah Ṣawān ‘Abd al-Qādir”

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For prior parts in this martyrdom series see: #19#18, #17, #16, #15, #14, #13#11, #9, #8, #7, #6, #5, #4, #3, #2, and #1.

Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Ifrīqīyyah al-Muslimah — “The Series ‘What Makes Them Content Is That They Are With Us’ #20- Biography of the Two Martyrs of the Battle of Mount Samāmah

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Click the following link for a safe PDF copy: Ṣābir al-Āmāzīghī: “On the Occasion of Martyr’s Day! Algeria Hosts a Ceremony Honoring a Chinese Assassin ‘Genghis Khan’!?”

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