How Al-Qaeda Has Grown Since 9/11 – ‘Abderrahman ar-Rashed (Mideast Mirror, Asharq al-Awsat, 5 Feb 2014)
We are confronting a growing phenomenon, even by the criteria set by al-Qaeda itself when it destroyed the Twin Towers in New York in 2001.
At the time, the organization comprised no more than a few hundred members based in a single state, Afghanistan.
Today, it includes entire armies with tens of thousands of fighters.
Its geographical reach has spread from a single country to some ten countries where its members are fighting on a daily basis.