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Describe the evolution of the leadership and organization of the al Qaeda terrorist organization after the September 2001 terrorist attacks, including the rise of ISIS. Make sure to address psychological and behavioral factors within al Qaeda leadership and affiliate groups. 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 Muslims.

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