Why is it called 9 11

Islamist terror after 9/11 : Al Qaeda is again more dangerous than ISIS

The horror was immeasurable, but it hardly seems to be an issue in Germany anymore. Eighteen years ago, Al Qaeda carried out an attack on the United States that seemed inconceivable. Two hijacked passenger planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York, one plane crashed into the Pentagon and a fourth crashed as passengers battled the terrorists. Since then, “9/11” has been the code for Islamist terror.

In 2019, on September 11th, the threat is even closer to the scenario of 2001: Al Qaeda has withstood the immense fight against terrorism in the West and is benefiting from the decline of the competing terrorist militia “Islamic State”. After conquering large areas in Syria and Iraq in 2014, IS was considered the most dangerous Islamist organization in the world.

Today IS lost almost everything. The American-backed struggle of the Iraqi army and Kurdish militias has worked. The military effort was correct.

Its consequences can also be felt in Germany. The Salafists who sympathize with IS are unsettled, the growth of the scene is slowing and no one is traveling to Syria and Iraq anymore to fight for IS. The bans on Salafist organizations in the Federal Republic and the trials against leading Salafists put the ultra-pious milieu under additional pressure.

The security authorities in Europe currently consider a massive attack by IS, like the one in Paris, with 130 deaths to be less likely. What is more likely to be feared are attacks by IS supporters with knives, vehicles and other easily obtainable means of crime. It can happen every day.

Stable alliances as a strategic advantage

As a terrorist organization, however, Al Qaeda is probably more dangerous than IS today. Al Qaeda clearly has a more efficient strategy. The supporters of Osama bin Laden, who was killed by US elite soldiers in Pakistan in 2011, have stable alliances with regional terrorist groups. In Syria, Somalia and North Africa, however, the prime example is Afghanistan.

The Taliban never dropped Al Qaeda, although bin Laden provoked the Americans to invade Afghanistan with 9/11. The IS, however, acts in isolation and fights against the other militant Islamists.

If, as is to be feared, the Taliban should completely retake Afghanistan in the next few years, they will take revenge on IS as well as on the Afghan government. And, as in 2001, Al Qaeda would again have a safe refuge in a divine state.

The West must continue its operation in Afghanistan and must not underestimate the global threat posed by Al Qaeda. “9/11 reloaded” continues to threaten.

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