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The fallout from the killing of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad allows for a closer look at US-Pakistani relations, which has been deteriorating for some time. Historically relations between the two have been turbulent and unpredictable, going through periods of exceptional cooperation to sanctions. It appears that the manner in which bin Laden died only exacerbates the already tense relations between the two (the public spat between US Admiral Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Pakistani General Ashtaq Kayani, Chief of the Army Staff is indicative of the deteriorating relations). Pakistanis are extremely weary of the way the United States conducts towards them, expecting that US aid money ensure Pakistani unquestionable fidelity. US policymakers do not realize that ordinary Pakistanis assert that their leaders, government officials, businessmen may be for sale, but not Pakistan and not them, who have the toil under the corruption that US aid fuels. (more…)

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The killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan has been hailed by many political pundits and policymakers as marking the beginning of the end for the Al Qaeda organization he founded and led for over two decades. Yet, the truth is that bin Laden’s death is merely the nail in the coffin of the organization. The reality is that the appeal of Al Qaeda has long been on the wane—the recent heady months of the “Arab Spring” demonstrates just how little resonance bin Laden and Al Qaeda have for most people in the Middle East and North Africa, which was once a much more fertile recruiting ground. This week’s suicide attack in Morocco by the Al Qaeda affiliated group operating in North Africa is further evidence that the organization has lost a great deal of ground in the last five years. The take home message from this latest act of terrorism is not that Al Qaeda continues to exert a powerful influence, but rather just how limited its range of influence really is. Moroccans showed little sympathy whatsoever for Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb and instead rallied behind the king—an action which is the exact opposite of the dissent to incumbent rule that Al Qaeda hopes to generate. (more…)

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