Al Qaeda’s Achilles Heel: Leadership

| Admiral Sandy Winnefeld
Admiral James 'Sandy' Winnefeld
Former Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahiri recently released a video calling on Muslims to unite against what he calls an “international infidel alliance”.  The video was released as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley reminded the world that we “cannot forget the enduring threat posed by al-Qaeda.  ISIS may have captured more headlines in recent years, but al-Qaeda leaders are still plotting attacks around the world.  This includes a large remaining al-Qaeda presence in Syria, Yemen, and other parts of the world.”

We asked Cipher Brief Expert Admiral James ‘Sandy’ Winnefeld, former Vice Chairman to the Joint Chiefs of Staff,  for his thoughts on where he believes al-Qaeda is today, some 17 years after 9/11.

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Admiral Winnefeld served for 37 years in the United States Navy. He retired in 2015 after serving four years as the ninth Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the United States' number two ranking military officer. As a flag officer, he commanded the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, NATO Joint Command Lisbon, Striking and Support Forces NATO, the United States Sixth Fleet, United States Northern Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, also known as... Read More

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