The number of Al Qaeda affiliates has expanded, as have their geographic scope, but the terror network has become more diffuse and decentralized, the RAND study found.
//AQ’s purpose is to establish a caliphate.
Indeed, approximately 98 percent of Al Qaeda attacks between 1998 and 2011 “were part of an insurgency where operatives tried to overthrow a local government or secede from it – and were not in the West.”
//Yup, 911 was just small potatoes, not worth mentioning. There’s no bias here.