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Allies ‘losing war on terror’

Daily Telegraph, UK
Sep. 9, 2003 • Wednesday September 10, 2003

The US and her allies are losing the war on terror, with al-Qa’eda growing in power, a British academic has claimed.

A report for the Oxford Research Group by Prof Paul Rogers of Bradford University said that more than 350 people have been killed in attacks linked to al-Qa’eda since September 11.

Rather than military action succeeding in crippling the terror group, al-Qa’eda has rallied its efforts, he said.

“The organisation and its associates have managed to plan and often undertake a remarkable range of activities, with these collectively showing a capability that exceeds that existing before the September 11 attacks.

“On this basis alone, it is difficult to accept any claim that the war on terror is being won,” said his report, which includes what was claimed to be a comprehensive list of al-Qa’eda’s terror strikes.

He added that Afghanistan was “further away from stability than ever” and that the “occupying troops” in Iraq simply represented 140,000 targets for terrorist attacks. There was a “wide-ranging perception” that the mass murder of 3,000 people on September 11 was a real human tragedy “but took place in a world in which 5,000 children die every day from diarrhoea and related causes”.

He said: “Two years after the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon, we have to face up to an international situation in which current approaches are inappropriate and ineffective, and may be leading to more intractable problems.

“Al-Qa’eda has grown in strength over the past two years. Military victory over the Taliban was achieved by the provision of large quantities of armaments to Northern Alliance forces, with these armaments subsequently cascading through warlord militias in post-war Afghanistan, strengthening the power of individual warlords and diminishing that of the putative government of Hamid Karzai.”

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