Disrupt, Dismantle, Defeat: The U.S. War Against al Qaeda

In his National Strategy for Counterterrorism, President Obama says, “The United States deliberately uses the word “war” to describe our relentless campaign against al-Qa‘ida. However, this Administration has made it clear that we are not at war with the tactic of terrorism or the religion of Islam. We are at war with a specific organization—al-Qa‘ida.”

How do we measure success in our war with al Qaeda when it is — as the State Department put it — “globalized insurgency” and a “network” with a core organization and “numerous confederated extremist groups”? Are we winning this war? And are we safer?

The 10-year anniversary of September 11 also marks the anniversary of the United States’ war with al Qaeda, an organization that our counterterrorism community intends to disrupt, dismantle and defeat wherever they operate and wherever they intend to strike.

Below is a collection of documents that help illustrate the current strategy for taking down this organization, including the State Department’s 2009 Country Reports on Terrorism, the National Counterterrorism Center’s report on terrorism and the U.S. intelligence community’s international threat assessment.

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Last modified: September 7, 2011 at 3:12 am