Al Osama Bin Laden : The Leader Of Al Qaeda Essay

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The number of countries from which al Qaeda operates is numerous. Speculations range from a low of thirty countries to having at least some presence in up to one hundred countries. Whether the number is thirty or one hundred, al Qaeda has emerged as one of the most prominent terrorist organizations in the world because of its ability to capitalize on emerging technologies in the communication environment. As the leader of al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden recognized the importance of communication early in his career and exploited its benefits up until his death in 2011. In the words of William Butler Yeats, bin Laden was able to “think like a wise man but communicate in the language of the people” (Krieger 2002, 38). Osama bin Laden was able to effectively generate publicity to expand his influence, attract recruits, strengthen morale, and communicate his message throughout the world.
Al Qaeda does not have a typical solid structure organization and it is not based in one particular country. Its followers are not housed under one roof but dispersed across the globe. When bin Laden created al Qaeda in 1988, email and the internet had not yet been invented and therefore al Qaeda was hindered by its reliance on more primitive methods of communication than today’s capabilities afford. Following the example of the Ayatollah Khomeini, bin Laden issued two fatwas; one in 1996 and then another in 1998. According to Gabriel Weimann of the University of Haifa, both of these…

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