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Mohamed Merah, ‘Nike Terrorist’ – WSJ

On April 3, 2012 WSJ.com featured an opinion piece by Con Coughlin which examined al-Qaeda's current strategies. 

Coughlin writes that over the past decade, approximately "two-thirds of al-Qaeda's original leadership have been killed or captured."  Consequently, the result has shifted al-Qaeda's focus from large-scale attacks such as the 9/11 attack, to developing terrorists who will "use any means at their disposal to cause the maximum number of casualties, whether through guns, knives or suicide bombs."  Coughlin reports that these "Nike terrorists" are influenced by Anwar al-Awlaki, whose "perfect command of English made him a highly effective al-Qaeda propagandist."

Despite suffering a significant blow to its leadership, NATO officials warn that up to 100 al-Qaeda fighters have infiltrated Afghanistan in the past few months.  U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Ryan Crocker, "believes that the organization is planning to use Afghanistan to mastermind a new campaign against the West after NATO troops have withdrawn."

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