Al-Qaeda Leaders Losing Sway Over Militants, Study Finds

[New York Times] Mark Mazzetti - In a study billed as the "first systematic mapping" of an ideology called jihadism, the Combating Terrorism Center at West Point has found that bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahiri, have had a relatively minor influence on the movement's intellectual foundation, and that the scholarly work of a group of Saudi and Jordanian clerics - most notably Jordanian Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi - seems more likely to influence the next generation of Islamic militants.

2006-11-16 01:00:00

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