Al-Qaeda's Asian Web of Terror

Al-Qaeda's most heinous acts were its sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Their scale and audacity finally forced the world to take the terrorist group seriously. But large, complex operations like the New York and Washington atrocities are not really al-Qaeda's trademark, not least because they require detailed planning and extensive resources to execute. What al-Qaeda has always been more notorious for is striking at smaller and softer targets, directly as well as through a network of subsidiaries it has developed globally. An al-Qaeda affiliate—Jemaah Islamiah (JI)—was probably behind the Oct. 12 Bali bombings, and it...

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