7,006. 3/1/2007

On March 1, 2007, journalist Peter Bergen and terrorism analyst Paul Cruickshank published a study on the War in Iraq in Mother Jones. They “concluded that the Iraq War ‘has motivated jihadists around the world to see their particular struggle as part of a wider global jihad fought on behalf of the Islamic umma.’ They believed that it served as a catalyst, helping to globalize jihadism by making al Qaeda’s ‘message of global struggle even more persuasive to militants.’ ”

 – Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Bin Laden’s Legacy, Page 112

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