Targeted by drone strikes in Pakistan, al Qaeda is losing ground and financing even as attacks by Islamist groups are on the rise.
Attacks on civilian targets in Afghanistan by militant Islamic groups are on track to increase by 15-20 per cent this year over last year’s totals, said the report by the American Security Project, a bipartisan Washington-based organisation.
At the same time, many violence-prone Islamic militant groups are now increasingly focusing on local issues rather than on Osama bin Laden’s global struggle.
Other analysts and government reports have noted that the Taliban in Afghanistan are more focused on their internal fight. Insurgents in Somalia are concentrating on their own tribal battles with the government.