Veteran jihadist Mokhtar Belmokhtar speaks in this undated still image taken from a video released by Sahara Media on January 21, 2013. Belmokhtar has claimed responsibility in the name of al Qaeda for the Algerian hostage-taking, and his Mulathameen Brigade warned it would carry out further attacks on foreign interests unless the fighting in Mali stopped Mauritanian news website Sahara Media said on January 20. REUTERS/Sahara Media via Reuters TV

Opinion

Belmokhtar may be dead, but global jihad still alive

June 16, 2015, Bruce Riedel

Bruce Riedel discusses the implications surrounding the alleged death of Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the Algerian al-Qaeda leader. Belmokhtar began a career of extremism in 1972 fighting against the Soviet backed government in Kabul and would become known for his brutal terror tactics in Libya. Riedel argues that his death would be no grand victory, as his legacy and vision of global jihad continues to flourish today across the globe.

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