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Write in haste….repent on your blog

Folks I have a new article out in Foreign Policy on how al Qaeda will pick its next leader. Eagle eyed watchers will notice a confusion of terminology.

I spoke of al Qaeda’s executive council as the council that would have responsibility for amir selection. At one point, al Qaeda actually sought to have two high level councils in its top level structure. A command council, and an executive council, though the terminology for both varies. But the order of hierarchy was command council and then executive council, for the most part. Anyway,  they ended up merging into  one body.

It is therefore probably more accurate to refer to it as the command council.  My mistake.  I should have been more careful with my wording and given appropriate background. That’s what you get when you write when sleep deprived. Anyway, I note it because I’m a big fan of eating humble pie when you mess up. In fact I have a long overdue post to do outlining what I have gotten wrong since I started blogging.

  1. Anon
    05/09/2011 at 11:04 am

    Leah, do you honestly think al-Libi is ‘charismatic’? Have you seen his videos? Possibly the most dull, dry and utterly boring of AQ’s ‘new wave’ ideologues. And I’ve seen no evidence of enthusiastic reactions from the jihadist milieu to his material.

    There seems to be this fallacy in the world of jihadist experts that media savvy = charismatic. Not the case.

    • Leah Farrall, Australia
      05/11/2011 at 9:22 am

      It’s all relative.

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