The recent closures of more than 22 U.S. embassies and diplomatic sites across the Middle East and North Africa, as a result of an al-Qaeda communications intercept, is the subject of a growing debate in Washington and the West.
Al-Qaeda believes that that they are winning and that the West is quitting the battle.Walid Phares
To the north, Ansar al-Sharia bloodily asserted al-Qaeda’s presence in Benghazi during the raid against the U.S. Consulate. More worrisome of all were the advances of al-Qaeda in Syria via Jabhat al-Nusra, penetrating the Syrian opposition, and in Iraq where the return of al-Qaeda has almost matched the operations of the organization at the peak of U.S. presence. Furthermore, terror massacres at Fort Hood, Arkansas, Boston and in London’s neighborhoods, all inspired by the Jihadi ideology and symbols, have added support to the conclusion that the “worldwide web of terror” has indeed reached planetary dimensions.