March 26, 2004

THE JIHADIST MUTATION

The coordinated train bombings in Madrid that killed 200 and injured roughly 1,600 have already had a greater impact on the world than any terrorist attack since 9/11, altering Europe's political structure, shaking global financial markets and unsettling the U.S. coalition in Iraq. While the only groups to have claimed responsibility say they represent al-Qaeda, and the attacks are clearly consistent with jihadist doctrine and aims, operating in al-Qaeda's name does not mean that Osama bin Laden commands or controls.

For the last year, jihadist writings about Spain have focused on the outgoing Spanish government's participation in the U.S.

Posted by gh at March 26, 2004 09:44 AM