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How ISIS Crippled Al Qaeda

UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 2:  In this video grab taken from a broadcast by Arab television, Al-Qaeda representative Ayman al-Za
UNSPECIFIED - SEPTEMBER 2: In this video grab taken from a broadcast by Arab television, Al-Qaeda representative Ayman al-Zawahri claims responsibility for the July 7 terror attacks in London. The three explosions on London Underground trains and one on a bus killed at least 55 people people and injured 700 during the morning rush hour terrorist attacks. (Photo by Getty Images)

On 5 February, Jordanian officials confirmed that the intellectual godfather of al-Qaida, Abu Muhammad al-Maqdisi, had been released from prison. Though he is little known in the west, Maqdisi’s importance in the canon of radical Islamic thought is unrivalled by anyone alive.

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