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Al Qaeda: Organization or Ideology?24:51
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photoAs terror attacks on soft targets increase, Al Qaeda is blamed. But does Al Qaeda organize these attacks? Or has the original target of the war on terror inspired copycats? What ideology does the original al Qaeda share with its descendants?

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Guests:

Jason Burke, author of "Al Qaeda: Casting a Shadow of Terror", and reporter for The Observer newspaper of London

Steven Simon, Senior Analyst at the RAND Institute and co-author of "The Age of Sacred Terror"

Josh Meyer, reporter covering terrorism for the Los Angeles Times

This program aired on November 25, 2003.

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