the evolution of the leadership and organization of the
al Qaeda terrorist
organization after the September 2001 terrorist attacks, including the rise of ISIS.
psychological and behavioral factors within al Qaeda leadership and affiliate
After this week readings, we have read how al-Qaeda terrorist organization has had a
transformation of the leadership and organization since September 2001. Since then, al-Qaeda
has endured numerous setbacks that has reduced its effectiveness and their overall objectives.
There was a disconnect between the al-Qaeda leadership and its subordinates which points out
the inability to successfully influence and shape the minds of those it depends on. Five major
parts that is considered al-Qaeda’s biggest mistakes are misreading the situation and the
weakness of the US, expanding the holy war, alienating the local population, and killing