10 years after death, Bin Laden still mobilises jihadists

 In this file photograph taken on May 2, 2011, supporters of hardline pro-Taliban party Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam-Nazaryati (JUI-N) shout anti-US slogans during a protest in Quetta after the killing of Osama Bin Laden by US Special Forces in a ground operation in Pakistan's hill station of Abbottabad. PHOTOS/ AFP 

What you need to know:

  • Islamic extremism mutated in the wake of bin Laden's death, with Al-Qaeda losing its status as the world's foremost jihadist network to the Islamic State group, which at its zenith controlled swathes of Iraq and Syria.
  • Within jihadist circles his strategy is also controversial, notably his decision to attack the United States, which for some extremists was a counter-productive move.

  • Bin Laden's face still gets emblazoned on T-shirts, his name appears painted on the back of cars, and his effigy is often brandished during demonstrations. 

A decade after he was hunted down and killed in Pakistan by US special forces, Al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden retains the capacity to mobilise extremists even in a polarised jihadist scene that has radically changed in the last years.


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