Piece by Kimberley Dozier, released through Associated Press and turned up in the Guardian’s RSS feed. The good news is that half the core members of al Qaeda has been killed. The bad news is that other groups in the franchise have more than replaced them. Twas ever thus. There still seems to be a fundamental lack of understanding of the whole phenomenon here. US “experts” are still looking for a Weberian bureaucracy instead of a flattened heirarchy of networks.