A new book by former CIA deputy director Michael Morell argues that the agency badly underestimated al Qaeda’s effectiveness in taking advantage of the Arab Spring after Osama bin Laden’s death in 2011.
According to Morell, who retired in 2013 following 33 years of service, the agency figured that the Arab Spring movement would contribute to the collapse of al Qaeda by undermining the group’s narrative, the Washington Post reports.
Instead, the exact opposite happened.
The Arab Spring essentially provided fuel to an already unstable situation and allowed populist extremists to take control of social movements ostensibly interested in democratic reform.
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