Also in this playlist...
This transcript is automatically generated
But the new concerns about the state of al-Qaeda following the raids targeting leaders in Somalia and Libya our next guest says the US strategy against al-Qaeda and -- -- -- organizations.
It's simply not working Katherine Zimmerman is a senior analyst for the American enterprise institute's critical threats project.
Especially a special teams specializing.
In -- kite -- in Africa Kathryn nice to -- you.
Great to be here today.
-- in our strategy working.
The Obama administration has to find al-Qaeda to be this problem.
And it's targeting the leadership that was active on 9/11.
But the organization today is different.
And we need a strategy that starts to -- that.
Otherwise as we've seen al-Qaeda will continue to -- a threat to the United States since Clinton a little bit more because it what we saw over the weekend is the intense.
It in and both scenarios as we understand it to -- some of these high value individuals and to gather intelligence from them that you safely kill or capture.
All of the top guys -- Qaeda.
The al-Qaeda will still be stronger then.
It was twelve years ago.
Why why is that the way it is in your opinion.
Getting the top leadership is of course important.
What we've seen is that it's not a long term effect on the organization.
It's been able to regroup in areas that -- house control.
And so we need to start developing a strategy that that goes after the mid to lower level operatives.
The network on the ground if you will and that's how you start to roll back al-Qaeda which is expanded today across Africa.
And the Middle East what would that look like.
The strategy is going to be something that -- actually more global than we've seen today -- it comprehensively.
To say Morocco where Al -- -- But it's -- down to the local level and is working with partners.
On the ground and of course their concerns here.
But the United States really needs to be looking to defeat the al-Qaeda network.
On the whole rather than -- let's have a little bit about that network Catherine -- in her report just a few minutes ago -- -- and sound from the State Department and this saying listen al-Qaeda core al-Qaeda in Pakistan.
It has been -- that and that has been a victory for -- But in your researchers what is the connection between all of the al-Qaeda groups -- -- -- to Bob and -- -- asked whether it's groups operating in Libya.
-- -- there connection back to Pakistan or vice Versa.
-- points -- Pakistan is still there the group there is important.
But what we need to remember is that al-Qaeda has changed today the groups are interwoven and connected in ways that they were not connected in 2001.
And it's those relationships.
The relationships between the gripping young -- in Somalia.
Syria and Iraq that makes al-Qaeda so strong -- actually really challenging for us to defeat since that social media -- -- them is it is if the fund raising and financing that's connecting them are they sharing strategies.
What is what is the connection between the networks wide they want to link got.
Some of the connections include leaders -- word in Afghanistan to gather against the Soviets.
In the 1980s.
And also today in and against fighting the United States and Afghanistan.
And then they went home today are at their home countries but kept those personal relationships.
So there is a human network bridging the gap.
But there is also of course the shared ideology that's driving these groups toward a global Jihad fight against the United States.
I catch a little bit about how we're perceived by the enemy because that certainly matters as we were watching -- video.
That neighbor had to Wear a good target was captured.
In Libya and looks like a nice neighborhood his address was actually listed on a web site.
It was all out in in public what does it say -- are.
What does this say about how were being perceived by people that are.
-- -- wine list and how they fear and do not fear retribution from the United States.
The United States is certainly very focused on certain individuals and it's no surprise that al-Qaeda has taken advantage.
Of the breakdown in Libya following the fall of the -- urging him to spread its influence.
The concern here is that al-Qaeda will play up some some of these events.
The failure of the US Navy SEALs to capture the intended target in Somalia for example.
To its advantage and talk about US military capabilities.
As being weaker than they were.
And just think he -- -- -- -- would get out the same way act as we've all been reporting it because has been big news here and that the details are out there.
I Catherine thank you great to see you thank you very much and you.
Filter by section