Strategic Failures of al Qaeda

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StrategicFailures of al Qaeda

Strategicfailures of al Qaeda

Inthe ebb and flow of the war against extremists jihadi Islam, al Qaedaand the allies suffered massive losses in casualties and propertydestruction. Their defeats across various regions even within thefellow Islamic states may point to that the leadership of thecaliphate was totally unable to control its members. Despite theenormous ideological following of the leaders, the caliphatecontinuously suffered losses all through its war encounters. Thereare hence some factors that do not necessarily associate with theleadership of the caliphate that led to such fierce defeats andeventual destruction.

Thecentral reason for failure indicate the tactics and the strategiesapplied by the militiamen and their perception of the worldpurposefully dug their graves (Cigar,2012).They viewed the world through a narrow channel based on mistaken andfanciful assumptions made up by the militarily incompetent leaders.Other mistakes were not within under the leader’s limits. The Sunnitribes in Iraq resisted the US occupation in their nation, notbecause of their affiliation or loyalty to the al Qaeda, but ratherbecause of the sizeable stake they held in Sunni Iraq under Saddam’scommand. Their power interests such as ones expressed by Saddam madethem open enemies of the al Qaeda hence, their combination was ahuge threat to the existence of the Al Qaeda (Cigar,2012).

Furthermore,the Al Qaeda hijacked the struggle against the US in Iraq for theirdeterminations, and their efforts were evident in their fight to poseas the legitimate force fighting against alien domination. Theirpropaganda campaign was for actual material gains that remain hard toassess. The difficulty in assessing their gains is limited to the fewvictories they won. The US counteractively engaged other Sunnifighters and gave them a stake in new Iraq, a continuous splittingfactor for the Al Qaeda (McCabe,2010).

Inconclusion, the death of the operations of Al Qaeda may not entirelylie on the failures in leadership, but other contributing factorsincreased the odds against the survival of the caliphate. Thecombination of the odds with the ideological leadership and a vagueidea of the participation of Al Qaeda in the new Iraq contributedhugely to the fall of the world’s terrorizing caliphate.


Cigar,N. (2012).&nbspAl-Qaida,the Tribes, and the Government: Lessons and Prospects for Iraq`sUnstable Triangle&nbsp(Vol.2). Government PrintingOffice.

McCabe,T. R. (2010). The strategic failures of al Qaeda.&nbspParameters,&nbsp40(1),60.

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