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TIL that Al Queda’s strategy involved specifically using terrorism to provoke the West into long wars in numerous places that would lead to its financial collapse.(r/todayilearned)
I know reddit is more into wikipedia snippets than actual hard evidence, but this book was a great look at Al Qaeda/Bin Laden’s goals. He wasn’t always consistent in his goals, but Bin Laden was definitely more interested in removing American presence and influence over the Middle East.