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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2019 11:26 a.m. PST

"Al-Qaida has recruited an estimated 40,000 fighters since Sept. 11, 2001, when the Osama bin Laden-led extremist group attacked the United States, according to the not-for-profit Council on Foreign Relations.

Despite a United States-led global "war on terror" that has cost US$5.9 trillion, killed an estimated 480,000 to 507,000 people and assassinated bin Laden, al-Qaida has grown and spread since 9/11, expanding from rural Afghanistan into North Africa, East Africa, the Sahel, the Gulf States, the Middle East and Central Asia…"


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Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2019 4:57 p.m. PST

I'm not surprised, and that doesn't even include the many, many followers and sympathizers found in the Pacific region.

JMcCarroll Supporting Member of TMP03 Jul 2019 8:37 p.m. PST

Nuke them from high orbit!

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2019 8:57 a.m. PST

Maybe they should have spent the full six trillion? Saving that last hundred billion dollars might have been a mistake. Well, by the time we've finished talking about it the total will probably be six trillion.

I'm always suspicious of the methodology used for counting terrorist fighters. Certainly Al-Queda is not capable of the same kind of operations that it could in 2001.

Ultimately, I don't think you can kill an idea with a cruise missile. I'm sure everyone disagrees on what causes Al-Queda, but whatever it is someone needs to take out the roots. Otherwise it will keep coming back.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Jul 2019 11:02 a.m. PST



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