Killing a Terrorist Leader Can Backfire
  • Mar 13, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 21:04 mins

Guest: Tricia Bacon, PhD, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs, American University Shortly after Barack Obama took office in 2009, he made killing or capture of Osama Bin Laden the top priority of America’s war against al Qaeda. In 2011, they got him. But cutting off the head did not kill the proverbial snake in this case. In fact, killing Bin Laden may have hastened the rise of ISIS, whose tactics have been even more brutal than Al Qaeda's.

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