Four months after Zawahiri was reportedly killed in a drone strike in Kabul, the terrorist organization still has not announced a successor.
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The growing prevalence of terrorist ideologies that organize and encourage attacks without formal organizational structures will require analysts and policymakers to rethink their definitions.
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The U.S. killing of the al-Qaeda leader in Afghanistan was not justified in self-defense or under the international law of war or international human rights law. It looks more like an extrajudicial execution, or revenge murder, for past acts of terrorism.
In the culmination of a manhunt that lasted almost 21 years, the U.S. government appears to have located and killed Ayman al-Zawahiri. Here are the legal questions the Biden administration likely worked through before the strike.
Bin Laden's successor steered the organization through a tumultuous decade and left it stagnated, but the next leader will have new opportunities for growth.
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